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Letter: Scientific community trumps substitute teacher


Regardless of what one thinks of Darwin's theory of evolution, there's a lot of confusion as to what exactly constitutes a scientific theory. Herewith (from Wikipedia; many other sources available): "A theory is what one or more hypotheses become once they have been verified and accepted to be true. A theory is an explanation of related observations or events based upon proven hypotheses (emphasis mine) and verified multiple times by detached groups of researchers. In general, both a scientific theory and a scientific law are accepted to be true by the scientific community as a whole. Both are used to make predictions of events."

Other examples would be atomic theory and the general theory of relativity. Alternatively, one could go with the pronouncements of substitute high school teachers.

Not much fun there, I'm afraid, Tim.

Alan Dean Foster


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