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« Topic Start: July 24, 2007, 05:59:24 pm »

The Bad Astronomer recommends Evolution is Not Just a Theory for its clear and direct explanation of the scientific meaning of "theory" and its application to evolution.

I can see us giving that link a good bit of exercise.

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« Reply #1: July 24, 2007, 06:05:56 pm »

I can see us giving that link a good bit of exercise.

I doubt it'll help sway the "sounds good to me so it must be science" crowd.  Their idea of "science" has nothing to do with reality.

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« Reply #2: July 24, 2007, 10:36:28 pm »

The Bad Astronomer recommends Evolution is Not Just a Theory for its clear and direct explanation of the scientific meaning of "theory" and its application to evolution.

That's the best quick explanation of the scientific use of the word "theory" I've ever seen.
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« Reply #3: July 24, 2007, 11:14:19 pm »

That's the best quick explanation of the scientific use of the word "theory" I've ever seen.
That's almost exactly what the Bad Astronomer said about it.

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« Reply #4: July 25, 2007, 03:52:43 am »

The Bad Astronomer recommends Evolution is Not Just a Theory for its clear and direct explanation of the scientific meaning of "theory" and its application to evolution.

....I'm kind of flabbergasted at the thought that there are people who don't know the difference between the scientific theory and the everyday theory.
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« Reply #5: July 25, 2007, 08:07:46 am »

....I'm kind of flabbergasted at the thought that there are people who don't know the difference between the scientific theory and the everyday theory.

There are lots of people who do not -- and many of them are not Special Creation people out to purposely misunderstand. They are, however, the target audience for the Special Creationist's argument that since evolution "is just a theory" Special Creation/Intelligent Design should be taught along side it to be fair.
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« Reply #6: July 26, 2007, 10:51:57 am »

The Bad Astronomer recommends Evolution is Not Just a Theory for its clear and direct explanation of the scientific meaning of "theory" and its application to evolution.

I can see us giving that link a good bit of exercise.

Sunflower

That said, the "fact" of evolution has changed over the years and continues to change according to new observation.
One example: http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn3269

I think it would have been fair for the article to point out that "facts" change in scientific theories..

But I'm not sure that would help the argument they were trying to make...
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