How theories get formed: Yeah Science!
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Science!
Nice, though I'm annoyed that people still get Occam's Razor backwards. Theories with fewer parameters are better because they're easier to prove *false*. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor
I'm sorry, but "more likely to be true" isn't really a scientific statement, as the last panel makes clear. If we could get over that, we'd have a lot less silly debates.
The most important rule in science: Correlation is not causation.
I do like your simple statement of Occam's razor:
Less parameters in an experiment means easier to prove *false*.
If there was something I could wish for today's children, it would be scientific literacy.