Angry Doctor

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Science and how we know we are wrong 2

Fellow Clearthought blogger Leng Hiong recounts the story of "luminiferous aether" in his post today.

angry doc has always thought the Victorian concept of the aether as something akin to the Chinese concept of 'qi' - an invisible entity whose existence will explain a lot of what we see.

Eventually though scientists were able to put the theory of aether to the test, and when the observations failed to confirm their theory, they were able to abandon that theory and move on to consider other theories and eventually find better ways of describing the universe we live in. Perhaps there is a lesson there for proponents of TCM.

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