PROVE IT

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In one of the greatest Western movies ever made, the mysterious gunslinger Shane engages in a climactic showdown with the delightfully evil Jack Wilson.  Before they pull out the weapons, the obligatory ritualistic exchange takes place.  First the challenger delivers a vicious insult that cannot be ignored: “I’ve heard that you’re a low-down Yankee liar.”  The required response is: “prove it.”  As it turns out,  the fastest usually prove their point because the disputing party is unable to refute it, being dead.

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The scientific procedure for proving something is a variation on this Western theme. The scientific challenger issues a knowledge claim instead of an outright insult ( although certain claims about what is true can certainly be insulting to the intelligence, as in the case of Creationism).  The required response is the same as the gunfighters: “prove it.”

BANG. YOU’RE WRONG AND YOU’RE DEAD.shootout

The scientific method is not just about truth-seeking, it is very valuable for demonstrating what is not true.  When the gunsmoke clears, after the crucible of experimentation, only the most valid theory will be left standing.

 

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  1. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It will always be useful to read through articles from other writers and practice a little something from their web sites. |

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