If you had a theory that you believed strongly in, and proving it could change the world, but if you're wrong it could kill you, do you go for it?
If it’s that important, then regardless of what could happen I would like to know. It isn’t really rational but any other answer would ignore the fact that people aren’t completely logical with every choice they make.
Would it change the world for the better?
Maybe, or at least change the way we currently look at things.
If not for the better, then I wouldn’t bother. Could care less how we look at things.
Well, does knowing the earth is round make life better? You could argue either way. Someone had to prove it.
Lol. Definitely not worth risking my life over😂
That's fair. That was just an example. Obviously it would be something else you felt strongly about.
One test can’t "prove" a theory, it isn’t even much of a theory until it has already been proved (tested) many times by many independent researchers. So the only way this even almost works is if I want to disprove a theory, which would start with a single (but still necessarily independently repeatable) test. Say jumping off a cliff and falling up into outer space to prove gravity isn’t a thing, for example.
If the theory was that you could survive a black hole and come out the other side, then one test would prove it.
If the theory was that you could survive a black hole and come out the other side, ONCE, then one test would prove it. Not much of a theory. Probably not a theory at all. In reality it would take the agreement of many other experts an a bunch of successful tests for your as yet untested hypothesis to become a theory, and even after being accepted as a theory, it would continue to be tested, and would only remain valid for as long as it remained true.
Ok, well you've shot down the theory of this poll. Thanks.
Not everything needs to be analyzed, scrutinized, intellectualized...
This was just a fun little poll (I thought) to get away from politics for a bit.
I didn’t mean to take that away from you, and getting away from politics for even a minute sounds great. After dealing with the flat earthers, young earth creationists, "it’s just a theory" evolution deniers, and similar on here for years, I'm a little too protective of what a theory actually is. I'm sorry. Don’t stop trying to make it fun.