The View From 1776
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Why You Should Doubt Every Scientific Hypothesis
Every new scientific hypothesis is wrong until proved otherwise, except, of course, for those of environmental greenies.
Begin with the expectation that 99% of all “scientific” findings are the product of spurious statistical manipulation, or are just quests for large-scale government research payola.
A fundamental tenet of science is that all hypotheses are to be tested by scientific peers. Even long-established ideas routinely become revealed as incorrect, or are modified by later research findings.
But, as Thomas Kuhn (The Structure of Scientific Revolutions) famously observed, the normal pattern in the scientific community, since scientists are as human as the rest of us, is to fight tooth and nail against anything that challenges their orthodoxy.