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Reply #22: No, it can't be both. Facts are measurements that can in principle be verified by anyone [View All]

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electron_blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 09:55 PM
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22. No, it can't be both. Facts are measurements that can in principle be verified by anyone
A scientific theory is a well-supported explanation for those facts. So, to put it in the evolution debate, evolution is fact, natural selection is the theory explaining the observed evolution of features over time. However, it doesn't help at all that the word theory is used in a flimsy way in everyday conversation, and you'll also see scientists using the word evolution for theory instead of natural selection. I really wish we'd pick a different word for theory in science. It's been co-opted and is next to useless for popular discussions.
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