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What constitutes reality: observation or theory? In the search for truth, observations can sometimes diverge from theory, forcing scientists to rethink fundamental approaches and question the idea of what it means for a system to exhibit “standard” behavior. In this Forum we argue that agreement among theoreticians on the numerical value of a particular physical parameter must still withstand the test of observation.