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KellyDimples May 29th, 2018 11:57am

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?

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ExistentialNed
05/31/18 5:03 pm

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.

jlong105 Indiana
05/30/18 5:34 am

Would it change the world for the better?

KellyDimples You know the thing
05/30/18 5:41 am

Maybe, or at least change the way we currently look at things.

jlong105 Indiana
05/30/18 5:43 am

If not for the better, then I wouldn’t bother. Could care less how we look at things.

KellyDimples You know the thing
05/30/18 5:52 am

Well, does knowing the earth is round make life better? You could argue either way. Someone had to prove it.

jlong105 Indiana
05/30/18 5:53 am

Lol. Definitely not worth risking my life over😂

KellyDimples You know the thing
05/30/18 5:59 am

That's fair. That was just an example. Obviously it would be something else you felt strongly about.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/29/18 1:34 pm

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.

KellyDimples You know the thing
05/29/18 3:18 pm

If the theory was that you could survive a black hole and come out the other side, then one test would prove it.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/29/18 3:30 pm

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.

KellyDimples You know the thing
05/29/18 4:01 pm

Ok, well you've shot down the theory of this poll. Thanks.

KellyDimples You know the thing
05/29/18 4:11 pm

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.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/29/18 4:23 pm

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.