- Matthieu Miossec
- United Kingdom
Doctoral Student - Genetic Medecine (Congenital Heart Disease),
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Is a superceeded scientific theory really wrong?
If a scientific theory has been superseeded by another theory that makes more accurate predictions, does that make the previous theory wrong or merely incomplete? In which ways is it wrong if it is?
Is the statement that an old theory is wrong misleading when talking about science and the way it is carried out? Does that not give the false impression that every new scientific theory starts from a blank slate?
I'd like to keep this conversation focused on actual science, that which was devised using the modern scientific methodology rather than just guesswork of much older ages.
Closing Statement from Matthieu Miossec
"I think the superseded theory is perhaps not so wrong as it is obsolete and thus less useful" - Walter Radtke
In a nutshell.