Sunday, December 22, 2013

Of theories and Theories

There are two deeply misunderstood and most unfairly maligned terms in all of science: the words "evolution" and "theory". You should not be surprised why this is so about the former; historically, this word has been used (and oftentimes misused) for good, bad and ugly. About the latter, well, let’s talk about it.

A fundamental ability of anyone who really understands science is the capacity to distinguish between the term "theory" in a conversational sense and the word "Theory" as it is used in science. Many people confuse the two and this shows a fundamental misunderstanding about the scientific process. This confusion appears when a clear distinction is lacking between two of the meanings of the word.

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