Originally posted by force10jc: I just feel there is room to question them and explore alternate theories. Science and history are always a work in progress. Today's absolutes have often times been revised. Sometimes drastically.
There is an obligation to question and challenge what you think you know. That's the basis of science. Further, only math deals in absolutes. A big problem with this is the inability of the masses to understand the concept that a scientific theory, when achieving consensus, is at the highest level of reliability under the then current human knowledge. Some folks have taken to calling them "scientific facts" to give it a bit more umph; however, all people who understand science know that new data can change the consensus over time and science is always searching for that new data. Science doesn't rest on laurels and people would do well to examine their beliefs with the same critical eye that scientists examine the collective knowledge of humanity.