Facts VS Theories
The difference between facts and theories is that we can experiment and extract concrete data from facts, but theories can only be inferred by following clues that lead to it. In a way, we cannot use experiments to prove a theory right or wrong. For example, a group of scientists get together and create X theory which states that the Earth was created 1 million years ago. The scientists’ theory can only be assumed because the oldest rock they found was 1 million years old. However, if one day another scientist finds a rock that is 2 million years old, then X theory is no longer valid. In other words, we are not able to use experiments to specifically verify a theory, but we can use them to prove it wrong or support it even further.
We put great authority in these scientific theories because thanks to history’s science geniuses and dedicated scientists, we have gained valuable information. However, we must remember that science is constantly discovering new findings and may prove a theory right or wrong. Most of the time, the theory will not be proved wrong directly, but scientists may find a part of it is incorrect and shatter the entire theory.
All in all, great scientists from previous decades have built up immense amounts of scientific data. Today, we are still contributing to science’s research as our technology improves. Throughout our new research, however, we must beware of the vast differences between facts and theories when we’re supporting our results.