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New scientific explanations often meet opposition from other individuals and groups

Key ideas

  • Opposition may be due to wider social, political or religious convictions.

Teacher reflection

  • If a new scientific explanation meets with a lot of opposition, is it more likely to be wrong? Why or why not?
  • When there is opposition to a scientific explanation, how can that explanation be tested?
  • Who decides if new scientific explanations are valid?
  • What processes exist to ensure that we are not subjected to false scientific explanations?

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