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Old Sep 5th 2017, 02:08 AM   #11
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In science theories there is often a sliding scale between ideas that almost everyone accepts to ideas that almost no-one accepts.
But ideas move up and down this scale, or are even bumped of it entirely, depending on evidence.

Take the guy who had the idea for continental drift,
His idea was almost universally rejected, until people found evidence that he was correct (initially in magnetic anomalies in the mid-Atlantic ridge but later in direct measurements of the relative motion of the continental plates).

Some theories are beguilingly attractive, and gain believers and followers, but without evidence they are just suggestions for directions to look for evidence.
The Higgs Boson was very much just a nice idea, until CERN found evidence that something, matching the expected behaviour that Prof.Higgs had conjectured, actually existed.
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