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Throughout the history of science there have always been experiments to verify scientific theories For example after having cried Eureka Archimedes would have set about confirming that the weight of a body immersed in fluid is equal to the weight of the fluid it has displaced However when Newton thought that an objects acceleration due to gravity was constant he could not easily test this at the time When Einstein conjectured that energy and mass are in fact the same thing in different forms there was due to a lack of technological expertise no experiment to verify this Today however after technological advances experiments using vacuums and nuclear reactors go some way to establishing these theories as scientific truths As yet there seems to be no equivalent process for establishing moral rules or norms as truths but perhaps as has happened with Newtons and Einsteins theories this may change In my opinion the most obvious objection to this possibility is that science aims to explain the physical universe which is pre-determined and can be experimented on while morality is a function of human experience which is ever-changing and can be irrational Of course it must be observed that the statement above is not necessarily completely valid The empirical scope of science actually constitutes its fundamental limitation A scientific theory can never be proved through experimentation as this would be induction the process of deriving general principles from particular instances even if a theory has been tested hundreds of times there is always the possibility that an exception may arise or that the theory is incomplete In actual fact the experiments we develop are technically only able to prove a theory wrong rather than to establish it as a law However for the sake of practicality we shall view our initial statement through slightly rose tinted glasses as Im sure most would agree that the experiments we develop using technology such as the
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