Because humans are beings that will believe mostly anything higher say to be true. If you have a strong conscience though, you're possibly one of those people that are smarter than the rest and begin questioning the laws of physics it self.
Quite a number of people, if they could talk, would tell you that gravity is a law or if not a law, a fact of life, at least here on Earth. Unfortunately, after falling accidentally from great heights they have been rather silent on the matter. If you are being serious about this question, then that would show the gravity of today's science education, or if not that, the gravity of the matter of you daydreaming about Justin Bieber or those fellas from 1D when you should really be paying more attention to what your teacher is telling you.
Because gravitation theory doesn't conflict with a theist's religious beliefs, so they have no problem accepting it.
Most often, people don't know the scientific definition of the term "theory" anyway and think it means "guess"- just see how many people will come on here and incorrectly state gravity is not a theory.
Frankly, our population in America is scientifically illiterate to a stunning degree, and most won't realize that accepting gravity is no different than accepting any other scientifically established theory- and that in fact theories like evolution or germ theory have far more hard evidence to support them than gravity. We actually don't know all that much about gravity- nowhere near what people think we do.
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I'm assuming because most people do not know that gravity is a theory...or what the definition of theory even means in science.
Many times I'll explain to someone that gravity is a theory, only to be countered with "No! It's a law." Here's the difference. The law of universal gravitation (Newton) is a mathematical statement describing this fundamental force. The general theory of relativity (Einstein) is a set of experimentally verified hypotheses that explain the nature of this fundamental force. Laws describe how. Theories explain why. Boom.
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Gravity is a fact. The only question is whether the detailed behavior of gravity under extreme conditions is given by our current theory (general relativity) or a different theory that will have its predictions overlap with those of GR under non extreme conditions. It's the same as with evolution. Evolution is a fact, but we can argue about the fine detail. Recall that a theory means a well tested, well corroborated model. Gravity, as described by GR, is certainly that, just like evolution theory. So I resent you saying "just" a theory. Gravity is a theory, not "just" a theory.
Well because gravity is just another one of those good reasons not to believe in god to them. Who needs god when you got gravity, evolution and the big bang. Aren't people using these theories to defend their lack of faith and religion.
Science gives us a way to know things without having to "believe" in them. Eliminating human bias is very important for reaching greater understanding. Every modern convenience comes from embracing scientific principles, and rejecting superstitious nonsense.
Actually, the term theory in science is a lot different than it is as we think of it. In science, theory is something that does not happen in EVERY condition. a law is something that happens in every condition. There is no gravity in space, but there is gravity on earth.
Well, its been proven that objects have, through positive and negative charges, a mutual attraction. That is gravity. And its also what keeps things in orbit. Literally. Without gravity, none of the planets would stay in the solar system. And what pulls things int black holes. I guess if gravity were proven wrong, then whatever force is responsible for all that would be called gravity.
climb to the top of the tallest building you can find, and jump off. then come back and tell me honestly that you floated mid air next to the building. Oh wait you'd most likely be dead, or at least have several broken bones and permanent brain damage as a result of the fall.
Why do so many people believe in gravity when its just a theory that scientists say is true?
your are right in your idea that an theory is not an absolute truth. A Theory is just a SPECULATION on something. A Theory according to science is based on facts, which is true, a theory is indeed based on facts but the problem is the understanding on the FACTS itself.
the FACTS were they based their THEORY is the problem. if the FACTS are wrong then A THEORY also wrong.
a Theory must pass all the FACTS for it to be proven truth. is DNA a fact? yes! is FOSSIL a fact? yes! therefore both of these FACTS MUST be considered to find out if a theory is an absolute truth right? if a theory did not pass one of these facts then that theory is NOT AN ABSOLUTE TRUTH.
why do many people believe in gravity? Many people believe in gravity because IT IS AN ABSOLUTE TRUTH and because it is NOT a THEORY.
why do many people do not believe in BIG BANG THEORY? AND THEORY OF EVOLUTION?
ANS: many people do not believe on these becaUSE these ARE just theories not absolute truth.