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  1. Note to self: Be very careful when answering questions from someone who is not especially knowledgeable on the subject of his/her question. There is a risk that a quick answer will be misinterpreted by the questioner, not deliberately, but from their lack of basic knowledge. I had a strong sense this might be happening here. My spidey sense, as it were.

  2. The first prerequisite to discussing something is knowing what it is.

    So, when someone says “it’s only a theory” I ask them what a theory is.

    For the most part people don’t really know; it’s a hunch/notion/idea/feeling etc. I then explain that in science theories can only be accepted as such after double-blind testing, peer review and world wide publication.

    And after that extremely rigorous process, which can take an awfully long time to complete, the theory is only as good as it was yesterday, because today someone might disprove it, since scientists not only like the challenge of making discoveries they also enjoy proving something wrong.

    I then explain that scientific theories unite and explain facts about matter.

    I’m such a bore at times!

    • In reply to #2 by Stafford Gordon:

      The first prerequisite to discussing something is knowing what it is.

      So, when someone says “it’s only a theory” I ask them what a theory is.

      Keep up the good fight against ignorance.

  3. Went on to YouTube and watched and listened to the whole lecture!
    Lawrence is very gifted and provides an excellent explanation .
    He should appear on a video screen in church pulpits; rather than the dross that usually emanates therefrom!

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