I’m not sure which forum to put this in…GQ, GD, or IMHO.
It seems that the current scientific vernacular causes confusion among the teeming millions. We’ve all heard it too many times that Evolution (or whatever aspect of science that contradicts a religious belief) is “just a theory”. And then the argument spins into definitions of theory, etc.
My humble proposal to help clarify science for the public is to change the word “theory” to “explanation” (e.g., “the Explanation of Evolution” or “the Big Bang Explanation”). That way, it loses the negative connotation (i.e., that a theory is a wild guess) while keeping the correct definition and still implying that it’s not Absolute Truth.
It seems like the word ‘theory’ was poorly chosen. Or perhaps it was better suited many years ago when the connotations were different than nowadays. Or is there some other valid reason to keep it as ‘theory’ that I am missing?
So, maybe we Cecil-educated teeming millions can petition the National Academy of Sciences or something and get this fixed. Just think of all the posts we would save here in GD by not having to constantly re-explain what a scientific theory is.