What is a theory?

1 Answer
Oct 28, 2015

Scientifically speaking, a theory is a well-tested explanation that has been repeatedly confirmed.


What is considered to be a theory in science is very different than what the media or mainstream western society considers to be a theory.

Theories have been tested extensively and the results or outcomes have been repeatedly been confirmed. They have been confirmed by multiple independent researchers over a long time. They are NOT a best guess or a hypothesis.

Theories unify multiple observations and explain why something has happened.

Evolution, gravity, and general relativity are all scientific theories.