Science is a body of knowledge with the following components:
Both have the characteristic of being tentative.
American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Science agree to the following:
- Definition of Science according to AAAS-NAS:
- A body of knowledge consisting of:
- observations which are:
- independent of observer
- tentative - subject to change
- Explanations, i.e. theories, which are:
- constructed so that they are disprovable.
The US Supreme Court has defined scientific evidence in the:
- Daubert vs. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Any scientific evidence, technique or methodology must meet the following
- it is subject to peer review
- it possesses known rates of error
- it is generally accepted by the scientific community as science.
See also this site on the scientific method.