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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2014, 01:14 AM

30. in science, a theory is not a hypothesis/mere speculation/beliefs

 

In ordinary conversation theory can mean a hypothesis or mere speculation, but scientifically a theory has to have some basic tenets

a theory is something that is developed to explain a large number of observations.

so your question, is climate change more than just a theory, makes no sense. it is a theory developed to explain and understand multiple scientific observations. it not mere speculation/guesswork etc

when people dismiss climate change/evolution as "just a theory" it literally makes no sense scientifically.

here is a link that helps state this in a more cogent way: http://www.livescience.com/21491-what-is-a-scientific-theory-definition-of-theory.html

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