Have experts and scientists ever been proven wrong?

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  • 6 months ago

    They are being proven wrong all the time but will the newspapers print it? Not if the other side has more clout or influence or the money coming in from the stupid wrong theory is just too profitable For instance carbon trading cash makes the banks billions every year so the coming ice age gets no  coverage or tolerance at all.

  • 6 months ago

    The scientific method is ALL ABOUT trying to prove wrong everything we think we know. Scientific research is 1% discovering new things and 99% trying everything we can think of to prove that we were wrong about the new thing we think we discovered.

  • MARK
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Yes, of course. Here is the thing that is most wonderful about science. It does not claim infallibility. Science follows the preponderance of evidence. Over time further research, often aided by new technology, brings to light new evidence.

    This does not necessarily mean that what was believed to be correct before has to be completely abandoned as wrong. What tends to happen is our understanding improves; hypothesises are refined; the accumulation of evidence leads the development of theories.

    Science does not, unlike religion, make dogmatic statements about what it does not, and cannot, know. Science finds no shame in saying we do not know. Whereas saying that is anathema to religion.

  • 6 months ago

    All the time. It's actually part of science to challenge existing theory

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  • 6 months ago

    So called "experts" who are not scientists - frequently.

    Actual scientists, since the scientific method was accepted as the correct approach - no so much.

    There have been lots of ideas that were wrong and never proved, but that's the idea of the method:

    Any new concept or hypothesis is published and tested independently by anyone with the appropriate capabilities, to either prove or disprove it.

    Only if it no one can find errors is it accepted as a valid scientific theory

    [And to clarify a _scientific_ theory is "Facts as accepted at this time" - if anything is proven wrong later, the theory will be re-examined and amended to suit].

    Other answers claiming many errors are mostly quoting things from pre-science, non-scientific common beliefs or things that just never happened.

  • CRR
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Frequently. The history of science is littered with discarded theories. The theory of evolution will soon join them.

  • 6 months ago

    Definitely!! There are lots of examples of this. Like when scientists thought smoking was good for you... wrong. Or when scientists believed that the sun orbited the earth...... definitely wrong. Or how about when scientists said that water conducts electricity? Or when they said earth is the only planet with water? Or that your blood is actually blue inside your body but turns red when exposed to air? All wrong. 

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Sure. Look at how medical practices have changed and improved over the last 200 years. That is science in action, correcting itself, and improving.

  • 6 months ago

    many times like in the 1950s when science thought butter was good for you

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