The Guardian asks scientists and thinkers alike, “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?” It’s a good question, and the responses are very interesting. Writers include noted scientists such as Richard Dawkins, but also the novelist Ian McEwan and actor Alan Alda, a lover of science and host of several television programs over the years devoted to scientific inquiry, who had this to say:
“The idea that things are either true or false should possibly take a rest. I’m not a scientist, just a lover of science, so I might be speaking out of turn â€“ but like all lovers I think about my beloved a lot. I want her to be free and productive, and not misunderstood.
For me, the trouble with truth is that not only is the notion of eternal, universal truth highly questionable, but simple, local truths are subject to refinement as well. Up is up and down is down, of course. Except under special circumstances. Is the north pole up and the south pole down? Is someone standing at one of the poles right-side up or upside-down? Kind of depends on your perspective.”
He continues to explain his thinking. Read more here.