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How much of what we 'know' is actually wrong?


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#1 vetTHolman

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 19:40

Just a curious little thought I've been having over the last few days... when we look back at science or medicine, it's pretty easy to actually laugh at some of the theories and treatments that were accepted in the past. In their time, some of 'em even seemingly had evidence on their side. Why should what we 'know' today be any different? Has anyone else ever thought about how many of our scientific theories, for instance, are totally wrong? And what about medical treatments - some of the thing we're doing today are probably just as stupid as bloodletting.


#2 psionicinversion

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 19:51

Science is just best guess with what we know today, the science of tomorrow will always be different. What we know now isn't necessarily wrong maybemore like inefficient. When it comes to quantum mechanics and stuff were still just in nursery school at best

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 19:52

The way I see it, what we know is based on what we understand at a given time. In time the things that we believe to be true will be shown up. It's all part of the eternal quest for knowledge.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 19:55

EVERYTHING :ninja:

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 19:56

Just a curious little thought I've been having over the last few days... when we look back at science or medicine, it's pretty easy to actually laugh at some of the theories and treatments that were accepted in the past. In their time, some of 'em even seemingly had evidence on their side. Why should what we 'know' today be any different? Has anyone else ever thought about how many of our scientific theories, for instance, are totally wrong? And what about medical treatments - some of the thing we're doing today are probably just as stupid as bloodletting.

I'm absolutely sure of this, it's clear that a lot of what we do is more harmful than helpful.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 19:59

I thought about this there is no generic treatment for anything, What might work for one person wont work for another so to speak.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 19:59

It's getting borderline ridiculous how much medical advice there is out there, you can never be sure it's accurate or right. Everyone's saying different. An newspaper article might say drinking a glass of wine a day will reduce heart disease, another article saying eating carrots or some other will reduce the chance of a type of cancer. And all the weight loss methods seem to be a sham.

I think it's getting worse :/

#8 t_r_nelson

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 20:00

Chemotherapy is a terrible way of treating cancer. But it's also one of the few viable options for treatments. In 20 or 30 years I'm sure we'll look back at that and say 'WTF were we thinkinng?'

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 20:03

That's exactly what science is all about - that nothing is 100% true, ever. Those small control groups and a few years of testing (especially on non-humans) cannot account for all the genetic diversity of humans. And then there's too many charlatans, idiots and those looking to profit from it.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 22:26

its called evolution. The evolution of the information. Of course most of the nowaday theories/technology are damn wrong, but we live on this time and we handle them the best we can.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 23:25

EVERYTHING :ninja:


Maybe not everything but a lot of it is wrong.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 23:27

its called evolution. The evolution of the information. Of course most of the nowaday theories/technology are damn wrong, but we live on this time and we handle them the best we can.


EVOLUTION IS A LIE! GOD CREATED KNOWLEDGE! :rolleyes:

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 23:54

Just remember that once it was a "fact" that the Earth was flat and the sun revolved around it. It's wasn't an opinion or theory, it was a 100% given fact.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:00

Just remember that once it was a "fact" that the Earth was flat and the sun revolved around it. It's wasn't an opinion or theory, it was a 100% given fact.


Yeah, that's exactly what I'm saying. I'm not just talking about theories or even medical treatments - it's just kind of humbling to think that some of what we consider to be 'fact' today is probably bogus.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:16

the difference between knowledge today and knowledge a thousand years ago is the methodology we use to obtain said knowledge, so given the significantly increased rigour it's reasonable to expect that a much smaller portion of today's knowledge is blatantly false, than it used to be. But we can't tell, of course, which of our investigative limits is actually giving us a wrong impression simply by asking this question within the same limits, it'd take an expansion of our powers of investigation to figure that out.