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  •  This alludes to a pet peeve of mine... (23+ / 0-)

    that a scientific theory is just a crazy idea thrown out by some hack.

    Actually, it is only when the hypotheses explain completely the observational evidence does the basis of the explanation achieve the status of a theory.  It becomes virtual 'truth' till newer observations require the theory to be modified to accommodate them (or possibly to be abandoned, as was phlogiston or the four elements of early classical science).

    A scientific theory is  a BIG F***ING DEAL.

    Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. By the morning of 9/12/2001 the people of NYC had won the War on Terror.

    by triplepoint on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:41:45 PM PDT

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    •  Our local state rep is Ben Waide... (9+ / 0-)

      He made a national spectacle of himself last year claiming in the state assembly that evolution is not real and Darwin just "made it up".

      The best response to him was from a Biology professor from the University of Kentucky.  He explained that evolution is not a theory and it is not controversial.  It is an observed occurance.  The theory of evolution simply tries to explain "Why" it occurs.

      Whether you believe in evolution or not, it occurs and we can observe it, duplicate it and predict it.  Darwin simply tried to explain why this happens and over the last 150 years, no one has been able to prove his explanation wrong.

      "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

      by Buckeye Nut Schell on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:20:25 AM PDT

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    •  It's because they don't understand (1+ / 0-)
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      the difference between a theory and a hypothesis. They are misconstruing (in many cases deliberately in order to manipulate the ignorant for their own advancement and wealth) the common use of the word 'theory,' as in "I have a theory" (i.e. a random unsupported idea) as opposed to scientific use of theory meaning a complex description of something that is based on any number of proven facts, supported by experimental evidence and solid analysis. Note that in science, theories are built up from facts, not the other way around.

      When an ID-er says "Evolution is just a theory, not a fact!" as if they had said something profound, they are essentially claiming, "You live in a house, not a brick!" as if that made any sense.

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