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#389690 - 02/12/13 08:10 PM How to explain the word "theory"
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I came across this fantastic graphic that explains what a scientific theory is. Many people seem to think a theory is not much more than a guess. Hopefully this will help.

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#389692 - 02/12/13 09:07 PM Re: How to explain the word "theory" [Re: pmbuko]
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Excellent.
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#389696 - 02/12/13 09:35 PM Re: How to explain the word "theory" [Re: pmbuko]
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All models are wrong but some are useful.
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#389700 - 02/13/13 12:10 AM Re: How to explain the word "theory" [Re: tomtuttle]
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Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
All models are wrong but some are useful.


Supermodels are super-useful?

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#389701 - 02/13/13 07:40 AM Re: How to explain the word "theory" [Re: pmbuko]
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I was sad because they dismissed the pentacle with the pentagram in it. I think that assumption warrants further scientific study based on the fact that it has more pointy thingies.

Is that helpful?
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#389703 - 02/13/13 08:01 AM Re: How to explain the word "theory" [Re: Murph]
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Originally Posted By: Murph
I was sad because they dismissed the pentacle with the pentagram in it.

The Devil you say!
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#389870 - 02/19/13 07:24 PM Re: How to explain the word "theory" [Re: pmbuko]
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Now how to explain a hypothesis...
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#389897 - 02/20/13 08:10 AM Re: How to explain the word "theory" [Re: pmbuko]
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Hypotheses non fingo.
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#389903 - 02/20/13 10:18 AM Re: How to explain the word "theory" [Re: pmbuko]
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Diagram of a hypotheses.




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