Sunday, January 09, 2005

What Do You "Know" Is Wrong??

1500 years ago, everybody "knew" that the earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody "knew" that the earth was flat. And 15 minutes ago, you "knew" that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll "know" tomorrow.

- Tommy Lee Jones as "Kay" in the movie "Men in Black"

Dean's World is stirring up a hornet's nest on what science has told the public about AIDS and areas where science could be wrong. I am not saying I agree with Dean, but there does seem to be gaps in the research.

Looking at the discussion from a larger perspective, it makes me wonder how much we "know" is wrong. I think every generation for the last 100 years feels that "their" science has proven incontrovertible facts, but then developments happen a generation or two later showing that those facts were not only wrong, but absurdly wrong. What do we "know" today that will fall into this category in 100 years?

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