Professor Richard Feynman on Baseless Theories and their Relation to Experimental Verification

“The principle of science, the definition, almost, is the following: The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific “truth.” But what is the source of knowledge? Where do the laws that are to be tested come from? Experiment, itself, helps to produce these laws, in the sense that it gives us hints. But also needed is imagination to create from these hints the great generalizations—to guess at the wonderful, simple, but very strange patterns beneath them all, and then to experiment to check again whether we have made the right guess. This imagining process is so difficult that there is a division of labor in physics: there are theoretical physicists who imagine, deduce, and guess at new laws, but do not experiment; and then there are experimental physicists who experiment, imagine, deduce, and guess.”

We must ask then, how Professor Feynman or his progeny, can believe the Moon is on a different orbital plane that the Earth, that the shrinking sun is actually glare, that the Earth’s axis, an imaginary line somehow perfectly navigates the Earth with Polaris, etc.



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