The things you can do and learn online for General Paper (and Project Work).

What is the process of knowledge construction in science? This little bit of Q&A found on BBC’s Web site, which follows up on an episode of Horizon on ‘global dimming‘, gives us a glimpse. The answer is written by the producer of the BBC Two science documentary series.

Q: Are scientists often sceptical of findings that go against the current orthodoxy?
A: Yes, for good reason – usually the orthodoxy is correct. A famous physicist once told me that if you doubt every new idea in science you will be right 90% of the time, but you will be wrong the only time it matters.


Comments on: "Science, scepticism and orthodoxy" (1)

  1. Wang Ren said:

    That depends. If you believe nowadys science is almost fully developed, then believing in orthodoxy may grand you a 90% correct. Most Physics theories in Newton’ time have been refined, if not proven wrong.
    One reason that scientists are sceptical of findings that go against the current orthodoxy is likely to be a confidence in the findings that have stood the test of time, until now. But you are never sure whether it is still true the next second.
    Besides, some scientists’ “arrogance” prevent themselves from accepting new ideas, expecially by some unheard people. They do not know that a vast majority of Newtonian Physicists can be beaten by one Einstein.

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