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Quotes About Scientific Theories

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William A. Dembski
“Regardless of one's point of view, it's quite easy to see that Darwinism is not in the same league as the hard sciences. For instance, Darwinists will often compare their theory favorably to Einsteinian physics, claiming that Darwinism is just as well established as general relativity. Yet how many physicists, while arguing for the truth of Einsteinian physics, will claim that general relativity is as well established as Darwin’s theory? Zero.”
William A. Dembski, Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing

Michael Crichton
“It's hard to observe without imposing a theory to explain what we're seeing, but the trouble with theories, as Einstein said, is that they explain not only what is observed but what CAN BE observed. We start to build expectations based on our theories. And often those expectations get in the way.”
Michael Crichton, Travels

James P. Hogan
“The fact that some religious fanatics might support a theory doesn't invalidate it, anymore than the concurrence of UFO abduction cults invalidates the notion of extra-terrestrial life.”
James P. Hogan

“Much as I admired the elegance of physical theories, which at that time geology wholly lacked, I preferred a life in the woods to one in the laboratory.”
J. Tuzo Wilson

Arthur Stanley Eddington
“Religious creeds are a great obstacle to any full sympathy between the outlook of the scientist and the outlook which religion is so often supposed to require ... The spirit of seeking which animates us refuses to regard any kind of creed as its goal. It would be a shock to come across a university where it was the practice of the students to recite adherence to Newton's laws of motion, to Maxwell's equations and to the electromagnetic theory of light. We should not deplore it the less if our own pet theory happened to be included, or if the list were brought up to date every few years. We should say that the students cannot possibly realise the intention of scientific training if they are taught to look on these results as things to be recited and subscribed to. Science may fall short of its ideal, and although the peril scarcely takes this extreme form, it is not always easy, particularly in popular science, to maintain our stand against creed and dogma.”
Arthur Stanley Eddington

“All scientific theories are provisional and may be changed, but ... on the whole, they are accepted from Washington to Moscow because of their practical success. Where religion has opposed the findings of science, it has almost always had to retreat.”
Nevill Francis Mott

David Berlinski
“David Berlinski indicated that
his book The Devil’s Delusion
"is in some sense a defense of religious thought and
sentiment.… A defense is needed because none has been
forthcoming. The discussion has been ceded to men who
regard religious belief with frivolous contempt. Their books
have in recent years poured from every press, and although
differing widely in their style, they are identical in their
message: because scientific theories are true, religious
beliefs must be false.”
David Berlinski, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions

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