Science and testing hypotheses

Science is an approach to learning about certain things, using a particular type of logic. Types of question that you can't get at using science might be "Is there a God?", "Does she love me?", and "Why don't I like hairy men?" In Music Man, Marian "the librarian" Paroo asks "What makes Beethoven great?" She'll never learn through science.

Other questions, however, are better suited to science. For example, a simple scientific hypothesis is: "The sun will rise tomorrow." This hypothesis makes specific predictions. Most importantly, the hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow is testable; that is, it makes a prediction that can be assessed. The test is relatively straightforward: we wait until tomorrow morning and either the sun rises or it doesn't.

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