Theories Wait to be Disproved
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.