The­o­ries Wait to be Dis­proved

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This refers to ‘The Mys­tery of the Killer Litchi’ by De­bku­mar Mitra (Jul 31). A hy­poth­e­sis is out there to be fal­si­fied by any cred­i­ble fu­ture re­search — ir­re­spec­tive of how many times it has been proved. How­ever, this spirit is not truly fol­lowed by the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity it­self. One re­calls the four ethos of mod­ern sci­ence pro­posed by the fa­mous so­ci­ol­o­gist Robert K Mer­ton: Univer­sal­ism, Com­mu­nal­ism, Dis­in­ter­est­ed­ness, and Or­gan­ised Scep­ti­cism. One should be open to crit­i­cal scru­tiny of one’s own find­ings, the hall­mark of the evo­lu­tion of sci­ence.

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