“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” - Albert Einstein
I think this quote is not actually that straight forward! Change the facts?? Now suppose it's raining, then there's no denying that it is raining. I think Einstein was encouraging us to alter our perspective on life and practice taking new approaches. Yes the rain is a fact but maybe you need new markers to achieve the same ends rendering the weather of no importance to your theory and effectively discounting rain as a relevant fact.
I think Einstein is telling us not to throw away our beliefs until they have been thoroughly tested and if you look long enough you will probably find a new set of facts to support your theory. look at the number of psychological theories that have been 'proved' and then revoked. How about diet? What to eat and what to avoid? There are constantly new facts coming to light because the researches want their theories to stand. Organic products are a case in point being the best foods for you... until recent research presented a case to over ride the previous thinking! Organic or non-organic? Nature or nurture? The big bang or a divine gift? As long as we have active minds and there are people inhabiting this earth, there will always be room for conjecture!
What we need to learn from Einstein is the determination to keep looking for answers to our own questions and following every path to reinforce our beliefs!
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