Cross-posted from Ricochet. It’s behind the paywall, but Ricochet is well worth the subscription price; I heartily recommend it.
Richard Feynman was a theoretical physicist who taught at Cornell University, but he also was a just plain scientist.
He had a thought on theory.
You cannot prove a vague theory wrong. If the guess that you make is poorly expressed and the method you have for computing the consequences is a little vague then…you see that the theory is good as it can’t be proved wrong. If the process of computing the consequences is indefinite, then with a little skill any experimental result can be made to look like an expected consequence.
Now where have we seen this vague theory technique put into action lately? In politics, perhaps?