While our reliance on the sciences for answers is a must it is unwise to trade our own discernment for an unhealthy dependency on authority figures. Therefore I believe that it is every individual's responsibility to have a basic understanding of what science is. Carl Sagan knew this was imperative and took the initiative to explain The Scientific Method in simple layman's terms that anyone could understand in his 1995 book "The Demon-Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark. A brilliant scientist with countless contributions to humanity, I feel that this may have been his greatest.
Anthropological and archaeological theories, in my understanding, should not be considered as actual science. Scientific theories must be compatible with the scientific method. To science, the layman's term "theorize" is synonymous with "speculate". The science of human origins would be more adequately described as the religion of human origins as it is based more on beliefs than it is on any scientific processes. In fact, why would a science of human origins still exist when they believe the question of human origins was answered over one and a half centuries ago? In 1920 Ales Hrdlicka introduced the award-winning "theory" of the human colonization of the Americas. He theorized that man arrived in the new world no earlier than 3,000 years before present based on Darwin's existing theory and a presumed lack of evidence to the contrary. One accidental discovery after another by paleontologists and construction repeatedly produces one shocking surprise after another push the dates of man's presence further and further into prehistory. So, why (prey tell) are these scientists so adamant that man had ARRIVED in the Americas no earlier than the last accidental paradigm-shifting discovery? Each and every time evidence that greatly pushes the dates back, although methodically and meticulously collected and documented successfully disputed with purely speculative arguments only.
Physicist adequately define paradigm paralysis by using the term "confirmation bias".
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