DISAGREEMENTS IN SCIENCE
standard procedures in collecting data an arriving at conclusions based upon scientist evidence, unsullied by bias, vanity, or interest, why do scientists so often dis Sometimes two different scientists, work with the same data, arrive at opposite CO elisions. For example, the Jacobs study motioned earlier [jacobs, 1978] concluded more property crimes are ""Omitted who economic inequality is greater. But another sociologist, using the s<'me data, found such relationship as Jacobs claimed [Baile 1981J. Each of these scholars claims that t other is using defective methodology [Bail 1981; Jacobs, 19811. . Such contests are common in all scleroses Differing sets of data, differing methods handling data, differing perspectives, an possible errors all add up to many disaments. Most disagreements are resolved . time, but by then new disagreements ha arisen. It would be easier for students everything were neatly classified as "be night true" or "definitely false," but the world of scientific knowledge just is not like that. Separating scientific truth from error is a difficult task, but an exciting one!