posted on Dec, 5 2009 @ 04:25 PM
Originally posted by somedude
reply to post by AceWombat04
"Accept everything as a possibility, accept nothing as truth" is fine if it's your fancy, and it can be fun to make baseless theories to give
others something to ponder. However, it's not a scientifically sound way to approach things.
It's scientifically sound to remain open to possibilities which have yet to be scientifically proved to be false. It's only scientifically unsound
to assert those possibilities as facts.
The "you never know" arguement is irrefutable to begin with and only serves as a proponent to ignorance.
If it's irrefutable, then it isn't ignorant in my opinion, but rather self evident.
What we known is all we have to go by, and we have to form some sort of basic truth to expand our knowledge from.
Yes, and for it to be scientific and genuinely skeptical, that truth - however incorrect it may later turn out to be - must be based on proof and
evidence. There is no proof that it is absolutely impossible
for some form of life to exist in such an environment. There is evidence that it
is improbable, however.
Sure that basic truth may be perceived differently as we understand more, but to completely ignore it and follow your imagination is fiction,
It is my opinion that people use the terms scientific and skeptical too loosely. These are methods, and they are rigid and inflexible, but they allow
for open-mindedness as well. The true scientist and skeptic cannot
make the assertion that something is impossible
without proving it
(which would require that we visit and examine every planet in the entire universe, in this particular case.) If they do, then they are in fact not
being scientific or skeptical at all. Then they are the ones following their imaginations and adopting what may merely be fiction for all they
They can however hypothesize
that it is impossible. Unfortunately, that isn't a hypothesis we can prove at present. Therefore it can't be
asserted as a fact. Possibilities
(not factual realities) are therefore self evidence until proved otherwise.