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"Just a Theory": 7 Misused Science Words: Scientific American

"Just a Theory": 7 Misused Science Words: Scientific American | screen arts | Scoop.it
From "significant" to "natural," here are seven scientific terms that can prove troublesome for the public and across research disciplines

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Hypothesis. Theory. Law. These scientific words get bandied about regularly, yet the general public usually gets their meaning wrong.

Now, one scientist is arguing that people should do away with these misunderstood words altogether and replace them with the word "model." But those aren't the only science words that cause trouble, and simply replacing the words with others will just lead to new, widely misunderstood terms, several other scientists said.

"A word like 'theory' is a technical scientific term," said Michael Fayer, a chemist at Stanford University. "The fact that many people understand its scientific meaning incorrectly does not mean we should stop using it. It means we need better scientific education."

From "theory" to "significant," here are seven scientific words that are often misused.


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Wildcat2030's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:27 PM

A highly important issue

luiy's curator insight, April 11, 2013 5:02 AM

Hypothesis. Theory. Law. These scientific words get bandied about regularly, yet the general public usually gets their meaning wrong.

Now, one scientist is arguing that people should do away with these misunderstood words altogether and replace them with the word "model." But those aren't the only science words that cause trouble, and simply replacing the words with others will just lead to new, widely misunderstood terms, several other scientists said.

 

"A word like 'theory' is a technical scientific term," said Michael Fayer, a chemist at Stanford University. "The fact that many people understand its scientific meaning incorrectly does not mean we should stop using it. It means we need better scientific education."

 

From "theory" to "significant," here are seven scientific words that are often misused.

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Alain de Botton on Pessimism

In the constant search for happiness, philosopher Alain de Botton believes that we should all learn to be a bit more pessimistic.

In this secular sermon, Alain challenges the great bourgeois promise that everyone can find happiness in love and work and suggests that we take on the joys of pessimism instead. He argues that the chances of anyone succeeding in both areas (let alone in one) are extremely remote - and that it is therefore peculiar, and deeply cruel, to base our societies around these values. Indeed, in denying a place for misery and despair, the modern world denies us the possibility of collective consolation, condemning us instead to solitary feelings of shame and persecution.

Alain de Botton is the author of numerous essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.' For more information, visit his website at: alaindebotton.com

This secular sermon took place at Conway Hall, London on 22 March 2009


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Living History: The Marx Brothers honed “A Night at the Opera” on a Utah stage - Salt Lake Tribune

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Living History: The Marx Brothers honed “A Night at the Opera” on a Utah stage Salt Lake Tribune In 1935, the Marx Brothers and company were taking the business of laughter seriously when they arrived at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Salt Lake...
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Obama proposes brain mapping project

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US President Barack Obama unveils an initiative to map the human brain which could provide insights into diseases such as Alzheimer's.

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David McGavock's curator insight, April 2, 2013 9:50 PM

Hopefully this is well executed. 

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Coughing And The Meaning Of Art : NPR

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There's a lot of coughing in audiences at concerts and plays. Why? Commentator Alva Noe suggests that the answer has something to do with the importance of art.

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