I have been thinking for quite some time about why people believe what they believe and why persons hold a disbelief in science and its explanations. To make myself clearer I have seen, heard of and spoken to persons that simply do not believe in a certain thing (be it religious beliefs or otherwise) yet they do not understand the fundamental concept of what they do not believe. For instance I read of a woman that did not believe that a certain rock was millions of years old because she believes that the earth was created 6,000 years ago. Although this is her true belief, I ask why is it hard to understand that certain elements decay in such a manner in which a scientist can deduce its approximate age? Simply because there was no effort to understand why scientists make this claim. The rock is the said age for the same reason why when you release a ball it drops, because it is simply a fact! In my point of view there is simply no "belief" or skepticisms about science. What is fact is fact and cannot be made false. As for the explanations behind them (ie theories) may or may not be the reason why (may not hold true) but the natural occurrences may not be denied. My intention in this thread is not to attack any religious belief in any way but only on the subject of learning about something before denying plausibility. So I would prefer to keep discussion off of the example thank you.