A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of knowledge that has beenrepeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment. Scientists create scientific theories from hypotheses that have been corroborated through the scientific method, then gather evidence to test their accuracy. As with all forms of scientific knowledge, scientific theories are inductive in nature and do not make apodictic propositions; instead, they aim for predictive and explanatory force.The strength of a scientific theory is related to the diversity of phenomena it can explain, which is measured by its ability to make falsifiablepredictions with respect to those phenomena. Theories are improved as more evidence is gathered, so that accuracy in prediction improves over time. Scientists use theories as a foundation to gain further scientific knowledge, as well as to accomplish goals such as inventingtechnology or curing disease.
Scientific theories are the most reliable, rigorous, and comprehensive form of scientific knowledge. This is significantly different from the word "theory" in common usage, which implies that something is unsubstantiated or speculative.
By the way, the whole theme of the thread ("scepticism towards science") is a giant "skepticism, you're doing it wrong" situation.
Deism, pandeism, pantheism etc. have all been popular in various times and places, anecdotally most believers I've spoken to don't know what they believe in, they just know they believe in something.This deity could effectively be treated as nonexistant for all purposes. It's also not the one that just about anyone actually believes in, it's only conjured up in these sorts of arguments.
I'm always scepitcal when I hear shit like "9/10" dentist recommend *insert toothpaste brand*". Some of them are definetely moonlighting for other brands, I'm just saying...
On this topic though. One thing that really irks me is when people like pages on Facebook like "I fucking love science" and believe themselves to know shit about any of those things. It's almost worse than "Like = respect. Share = Prayer" or that shit about likes generating funds for cancer research. STFU internet.
Also people who are overzealous about science, to a point where the fight between religion and science is more important than science itself.