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  •  Did I say they did? (1+ / 0-)
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    Scientists don't just come up with a hypothesis and end there.
    Scientists believe in hypotheses provisionally, pending more evidence of course.  A lot of "conspiracy theorists" do the same thing.

    "It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it." Oscar Wilde

    by Cassiodorus on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:03:10 PM PDT

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    •  No they do not (1+ / 0-)
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      A hypothesis has no truth value until tested.  And to be frank, any halfway decent scientist assumes a hypothesis is wrong, and actively attempts to disprove it until they can no longer think of ways to show that it is wrong...that, in a nutshell, is the scientific method.

      "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

      by Empty Vessel on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:05:46 PM PDT

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      •  I think you're splitting hairs here. (3+ / 0-)

        If scientists discounted their hypotheses, then they wouldn't bother to test said hypotheses.  So there has to be some level of belief in a hypothesis, however small, if a scientist is going to bother with it in the first place.

        "It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it." Oscar Wilde

        by Cassiodorus on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:11:58 PM PDT

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        •  Yes (2+ / 0-)
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          But the key word is small.  Let me phrase it another way, no scientist would publish, defend or share an untested hypothesis with others--they'd test it..  The chances of accuracy are so low that they do not want to humiliate themselves.  I don't think the CT types have the same concern.

          "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

          by Empty Vessel on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:15:10 PM PDT

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          •  Please define (1+ / 0-)
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            CT Types.

            Please be specific with your definition. The examples being sought are not persons--I'd like for you to try and come up with an actual scientific definition.

             Preferably one that's been tested....

            "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

            by lunachickie on Wed May 22, 2013 at 04:21:42 PM PDT

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        •  Or we could just not investigate anything (1+ / 0-)
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          and condescend to people who suggest ideas that we don't like, dismissing them out of hand.

          "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed May 22, 2013 at 04:34:16 PM PDT

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