« on: 11/07/2021 09:04:26 »
In the past I have found little compassion, been strung along and even called mentally ill by people on forums like this. And now I'm afraid that's the reputation I'll have here too.The only way people on forums such as this can form opinions about you is through what you type on your keyboard. So those opinions are very much under your control. If you keep your comments here to science questions you should have no problems.
It is worth mentioning that we get a lot of people here who are frightened by many scientific theories and sometimes become very angry, trying to deny relativity, quantum mechanics, evolution etc. It is also worth understanding that in science we have a very different meaning to theory than that used by the general public. To us a theory is a way of describing the way the universe around, us and the objects it contains, behave and for which there is a great deal of solid experimental and observational evidence to confirm the theory. To me these theories are not frightening, they are an opportunity to understand why things are the way they are; it is a real journey of discovery.
Some of these theories can run counter to what our senses or ‘common sense’ tell us are true. It took a long time for people to realise that the earth goes around the sun despite what our common sense tells us, which only goes to show how common sense can be fooled. This is also a good example of how, as more information becomes available, scientific theories are refined and updated.
It has also been mentioned that the popular press often misrepresents scientific theories in order to make them more exciting, this is particularly true in the area of electrons, atoms and quantum mechanics.
You have had a lot of good answers to your questions and probably need time to absorb the new information, but do continue take the opportunity to ask questions and increase your understanding of the world around us. Enjoy.
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