I've wanted to put together a list of all those nasty theories that get in the way of divine/religious dogma. But I didn't think until now of a place (here) to start such a list.

I happen to think that the "theory of gravity" is a bad example, because I don't know of any people present or past who preached or taught something against a theory of gravity. It's the blatant, anti-science preaching/teaching (e.g. Creationism) that I'm more concerned with.

List theories here that people argued against once, before experimental determination and discovery of new evidence/observations, but are now widely known as truths.

Even list theories that failed, since one key to science is how to test ideas, learn from mistakes, and keep getting closer to the real truth!

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Comment by Logicallunatic on September 24, 2012 at 4:42pm

The problem is that people think a scientific theory is a belief on par with religious faith.

Comment by Steven Dorst on September 24, 2012 at 5:58pm
The Not-Flat Earth Theory
The Heliocentric Solar System Theory
The Bloodletting by Leeches for All Ailments Isn't Good For You Theory
The Women Can Do Math Theory
Comment by Pope Beanie on September 29, 2012 at 12:31am
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Comment by Pope Beanie on September 29, 2012 at 12:50am

DEBUNKED THEORIES!!! Yeah, enjoy these too, fellow skeptics!

Comment by Pope Beanie on November 4, 2012 at 10:53pm
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Comment by Pope Beanie on March 8, 2014 at 12:50am

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That Sinking Feeling

Louisiana sinkhole Aerial photo of a 25-acre sinkhole that formed unexpectedly near Bayou Corne, La., in Aug. 2012. New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of the sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations. Such data may someday help foresee sinkholes. Image credit: On Wings of Care, New Orleans, La.
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March 06, 2014

NASA Radar Demonstrates Ability to Foresee Sinkholes

New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La., that year.

The findings suggest such radar data, if collected routinely from airborne systems or satellites, could at least in some cases foresee sinkholes before they happen, decreasing danger to people and property.

Sinkholes are depressions in the ground formed when Earth surface layers collapse into caverns below. They usually form without warning. The data were collected as part of an ongoing NASA campaign to monitor sinking of the ground along the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Researchers Cathleen Jones and Ron Blom of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., analyzed interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) imagery of the area acquired during flights of the agency's Uninhabited Airborne Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR), which uses a C-20A jet, in June 2011 and July 2012. InSAR detects and measures very subtle deformations in Earth's surface.

Their analyses showed the ground surface layer deformed significantly at least a month before the collapse, moving mostly horizontally up to 10.2 inches (260 millimeters) toward where the sinkhole would later form. These precursory surface movements covered a much larger area -- about 1,640 by 1,640 feet, (500 by 500 meters) -- than that of the initial sinkhole, which measured about 2 acres (1 hectare).

Results of the study are published in the February issue of the journal Geology.

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Sinkholes are common hazards worldwide and are found in all regions of the United States.

Sinkholes are common hazards worldwide and are found in all regions of the United States. This map shows parts of the United States where certain rock types are susceptible to dissolving in water, leading to the formation of underground cavities that can result in sinkholes. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

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