It Is Just a Theory

The creationist deliberate confusion of hypothesis and theory [Evolution is just a theory.] can be cleared up like this.

Scientists use the word theory similarly to the way musicians do. When musicians talk about music theory they don’t mean they are just taking a wild guess when they say that middle C is 261.626 Hz (Hertz) and treble C is 523.251 Hz. They mean they are talking about the universal math of music, not the practicalities of playing a particular instrument.

When scientists talk about hunches, they do not call them theories, as you might in informal speech. They called them hypotheses. They would say, My hypothesis why the fridge is making a strange noise is the door seal is damaged. You would never catch them saying My theory why the fridge is making a strange noise is the door seal is damaged. That would be baby talk.

Perhaps to defeat this bit of creationist verbal legerdemain, we will have to start correcting laypeople when they use the term theory when they meant hypothesis, even in informal speech.

Scientists talk about the theory of gravity, cell theory, atomic theory, germ theory, quantum theory… They have verified quantum theory to 10 decimal places. When scientists use the term theory, they don’t mean hunch, or rough estimate. They mean an explanation for how something works.

Professional creationists are fully aware of all this since they have had it explained to them hundreds of times. But they still try to fool the naïveby deliberately confusing the terms.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69) Dawkins and Only a Theory click to watch