Theories are productive ways of thinking even if they’re proven wrong. They lead to other research.
Take the theory of evolution. The topic itself lends to all types of discussions around race, identity, brain and body development. Aren’t we all just pond scum who lucked out on terra firma?
This is not to say we should believe in half-truths. Textbook wisdom says that we know only what we know as of right now.
But there is still no substitute for thinking through new possibilities even if it’s separate from our own palette of experience.
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