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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsOther - Science · 2 months ago

What universally accepted scientific theory do you think could potentially be wrong?

I’m curious what theories largely accepted by society you’ve questioned yourself and believe could be proven false in the near future, like many others of the past.

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  • 1 week ago

    Newton's Laws of motion are still taught in schools and used by NASA to send probes to the planets, but they are wrong if you have speeds near the speed of light. 

    General Relativity has never made a wrong prediction, but we know it is wrong because it is not a quantum theory. It predicts its own breakdown when it postulates a singularity in a black hole. 

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  • Megumi
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    3 weeks ago

    Climate Change!

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  • 1 month ago

    Quantum physics , Dual wave and particle theory of light , Gravity.

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  • Who
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    1 month ago

     whhat do you mean "wrong"

    A theory  can be "incomplete" but give correct answers as a result of the limitations of the measurements and observations of the day

     But as these improve over time - new mewasuremens can show that the earlier measurements were incorrect and therefore the theory wrong

    In realsity the theory was not actually "wrong " but i"ncomplete" as there was no way it could take into account things it had no way of knowing

     

     (newtons laws worked fine for 250 years costhere was no way of measuring "time" accuractly (and  as a result the speed of light)

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  • CRR
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    2 months ago

    I would put the Theory of Evolution at the top of the list. The Big bang is another.

    Both of these already have, and continue to accumulate, contrary evidence.

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    • MARK
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      4 weeks agoReport

      There is no point using science with you CRR. You need to make a choice. Science or myth. You can't mix them. When you decide which I'll engage with you.

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  • MARK
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    2 months ago

    That's the thing about universally accepted. They are supported by such a large corpus of evidence so well accepted by the sane and rational that people do not question them. They are so unlikely to be falsified nobody wastes their time thinking they will be.

    You say many other widely accepted theories of the past have been rejected. If there is such an abundance of them perhaps you could identify one or two.

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    • Megumi
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      3 weeks agoReport

      The Bible says Earth is a circle, not a sphere, and it indicates that the sky is a solid dome 15 miles or less overhead. CRR needs to read his Bible. 

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  • 2 months ago

    If a theory is "universally accepted", that means that it is backed up by massive amounts of hard evidence. If all you have to counter all that evidence is your own personal gut feeling, then you can take that feeling and cram it, because that is not a valid criticism, and that type of thinking is stupid and dangerous.

    Now, there are plenty of theories out there that have well-defined gaps and holes, representing questions that still need to be answered. There may be multiple possible explanations for those questions that are still up for debate, and that's certainly a normal part of the process. But those cases can hardly be called "universally accepted", for hopefully obvious reasons.

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  • 2 months ago

    That there is intelligent life on Y!A. {Present company excluded.}

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  • Jim
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    2 months ago

    I personally question the validity of

    1) Gravity being a constant over large distances

    2) The expanding universe.

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    • CRR
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      1 month agoReport

      Actually the motion of stars only follow the laws of gravity if you postulate invisible dark matter.

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