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Letter: The importance of scientific principles

By Michael Marcotte, Rushmore

“It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made simple and consistent as one pleases.” — George Santayana, philosopher

Creationism is not science ­ — it is pseudoscience. It may sound like science, but it is fantasy. Evolution is a scientific theory. There are many theories in science. There is the theory of gravity. There is the theory of relativity. There are theories in sociology, psychology and anthropology. There are theories in economics, physics, mathematics, electronics, and on and on. Theories are the highest form of human thought.

Theories are not put forth without a huge amount of academic scrutiny and argument. Contrary to popular thought, theories are not tested. They are presumed true until proven false. Only a hypothesis can be tested. If a hypothesis is proven false, then theory comes into question. That is what’s called the scientific method.

For example, if sound waves are thought to be vibrating air molecules, then sound will disturb still water with its vibrations. This demonstrates a scientific fact. Galileo dropped weights of different amounts and they hit the ground at the same time. This shows a scientific principle. These scientific principles are used to create theories and this a greater understanding of our physical world.