Scientific inquiry is an continuing process...
Every theory, no matter how entrenched, is open to continuing tests
through observation and experiment.
A theory which fails a test of its validity must either be discarded
- Scientific progress is largely based on healthy skepticism
- One can be skeptical that a given accepted theory is correct,
and thus devise observational tests to refute the theory.
- One can also be skeptical about whether an observation
which refutes a theory is valid.
- Rampant skepticism will produce chaos. Good scientific "judgement"
requires knowing how to weigh the evidence. Every theory has a different
threshold for refutation.
- Science is at the mercy of human nature!