On 1 Dec 2006 03:06:54 -0800, "John Carruthers"
>But the non scientist can always go out and do the experiment, verify
>the facts for themselves, test the statement.
That depends on what you mean by "non scientist". I know many people who
are not professional scientists, but who would understand and accept the
results of an experiment (although in most cases they wouldn't do the
experiment themselves). In one sense, these are "non scientists". But
there's another kind: people who are anti-science, or simply lack all
understanding of science. These people simply have no faith (for lack of
a better word <g>) in scientific conclusions. An experiment, carried out
right in front of their own eyes, might not serve to convince them of a
Chris L Peterson