Is there something that science cannot verify

Vince Ebert extrapolates: What if science didn't exist?

It took mankind a very long time to develop the scientific methodology. More precisely, it has only existed for a few hundred years. Many are now paused and refer to Aristotle or Archimedes. But the ancient Greeks weren't scientists. Archimedes made a discovery, but he never checked the background to that discovery. Aristotle was also of the opinion that the secrets of nature can be explored through pure thought. There were no double-blind studies in Greek philosophy. Neither Democritus nor Socrates cared about evidence, verifiability and control groups. This explains, for example, that Aristotle was of the firm belief that men had more teeth in their mouths than women. Just looking up was far too unphilosophical for him.

In a nutshell, scientific reasoning is a way of testing guesswork. If I suspect: "There could be still beer in the fridge ..." and I look, then I am basically already doing a preliminary form of science. In theology, on the other hand, assumptions are usually not checked. So if I only say, "There's beer in the fridge," I'm a theologian. If I look and find nothing, but still claim: "There's beer in it!", Then I'm an esoteric.

At this point, some of you may be asking: "But what do I do when the refrigerator is locked?" Then I have to try other ways to find out the truth. I can shake it. I can weigh him. I can x-ray him. I can even torch the thing and then examine the combustion products for beer residues. Of course, that makes things extremely time-consuming and tedious. That is why an esoteric can claim more nonsense in five minutes than a scientist can disprove in his entire life.

The beginning of science: basically a revolution of ignorance

But even if I've carried out all kinds of experiments, I never have full certainty whether there is actually beer in this stupid refrigerator. A residual doubt always remains. Because with each experiment I can only see a small part of reality. That is the reason why there is no absolutely certain knowledge in science.

It's the same in normal life: a farmer comes to the goose pen every morning to feed. The geese think: "Man, the farmer ... a great guy!" Shortly before Christmas, however, it suddenly becomes clear to them: "Something about our theory is rotten ..."

In technical jargon, something like this is called "falsifiability". Any theory is only valid until it is replaced by a better one. And because of that we are practically mistaken upwards.