posted on Oct, 12 2015 @ 09:11 AM
Let me just get this out of the way quick. If you say the term "settled science", "the science is settled, or some other variation of that phrase
you are WRONG. There are ZERO topics within science that are settled. Science is expanding its knowledgebase for EVERY theory on the books. This
includes controversial theories such as evolution or climate change as well as accepted ones such as cell theory or the theory of gravity.
Now, normally I see this phrase coming from scientific illiterate people as a derisive way to sarcastically mock a specific scientific theory, but
I've seen science minded people use it before. So this thread is ranting at everyone who uses it. First, if you are against a certain theory (say
Climate Change or Evolution) and are trying to be cute by using the term "settled science" followed by a situation where science has moved on, you
only are highlighting your scientific illiteracy instead of making a sick burn against science. If you are a science minded person and use this
phrase, you look like a fool.
Now I can accept that some science minded people try to use that term as a way to suggest that a theory is correct. I DO understand what you mean
there, but keep in mind, most people on these forums who debate against science aren't reading the evidence correctly. And you are trying to relay a
phrase that requires the listener to understand the subtle nuances of how you are saying it. Just don't do it. Find another phrase. It just gives
science deniers ammo to continue the strawman debates they create around whatever theory they don't believe in.
Science deniers, science doesn't have to be settled to be accurate. If you find an instance where a small part of a theory turns out to be wrong,
that DOESN'T mean that the theory is flawed. That is how science works. Everything in science is incomplete. So if you have a problem with a theory
because it doesn't answer such and such question, your reasoning is flawed. No theory answers every question. If it did, it would be called the
"Theory of Everything".