Yesterday while rummaging for a few talks given by Tyson Neil deGrasse on Google Video, i stumbled upon this video. Which i found to be most impressive. Almost electric!
The introduction to the video is the most apt:
Richard Dawkins describes an example of how the scientific method is always open to new evidence, regardless of the investment scientists have in their theories. Science is far from being dogmatic. The peer review process and necessary falsifiability of scientific theories allows the theories to be challenged, changed or even discarded if the evidence is evident.
The video can be viewed directly on youtube here.
Richard Dawkins is one of the champions of the scientific method and rationality. Since I really liked how he talks about in the video i will also write it in plain text.
Science is about testing, comparing, corroborating this massive evidence. And using it to update old theories of how things work.
I do remember one formative influence in my undergraduate life. There was an elderly professor in my department who had been passionately keen on a particular theory for, oh! a number of years! And one day a visiting American researcher came and he completely and utterly disproved our old man’s hypothesis. The old man strode to the front, shook his hand and said, my dear fellow, I wish to thank you! I have been wrong these 15 years!
And we all clapped our hands raw! That was the scientific ideal. Of somebody who had a lot invested, a lifetime almost invested in a particular theory and he was rejoicing that he had been shown wrong and that scientific truth had been advanced.
I am extremely grateful to the channel owner for uploading this wonderful piece on You-tube for all of us to see and learn from.