I keep hearing a formula of words emanating from those who deny.
“It’s only one theory” they say.
Creationists who deny evolution state that evolution is only a theory.
Anti -climate change people hopped on the bandwagon and say that the measured rise in global temperatures being driven by human actions is “only a theory”.
Anti-vaxxeers followed suit dismissing decades of medical research as just another theory.
Well they are right; because that is how science works.
Science never proves a single thing. Science holds up the current best case theory.
Other scientists come along and try to knock it down. When one succeeds something else becomes the best case theory.
Science has no sacred cows. All theories, and even lemmas and theorems, are open to attack. If you can prove science is wrong the scientists will not wail and moan.
They will drop the disproven theory and move on. There is no science career in flogging a dead horse.
But here is the thing; you have to come up with proof.
Our creationist friends, those who deny climate change and the anti-vaxxers love to quote science as a theory. Ask them to disprove current scientific theory with actual studies and they avoid the question. Truth is they don’t even know what the null hypothesis is. Or rather their null hypothesis is “God wills it”.
So here is Religious Right Science 101.
If science provides data that undermines your position label it as “just another theory”.
Support your claim with multiple incidences of non-specific ‘anecdotal evidence’.
Carry enough of these to fill any TV or radio interview.
Then fall back on positions of faith.
Science; by Robert Kelly
Science explains nothing
but holds all together as
many things as it can count
science is a basket
not a religion he said
a cat as big as a cat
the moon the size of the moon
science is the same as poetry
only it uses the wrong words