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"Does trusting your gut make you unscientific?" asks postdoc Andrew Pontzen at New Scientist's Big Wide World blog. Does being 'scientific' mean completely taking in every single idea or theory on a given subject before making a conclusion? Snap judgments on the validity of certain theories is a common thing in science, as is skepticism. Researchers use their existing knowledge to judge any new incoming information, Pontzen says.

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