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[Phys-L] Re: Bad Theory?

Just briefly, I don't think the issue is the word "bad" I think it is
the word "theory" as opposed to the word "belief" . Theories are
ideas that are testable is some way, beliefs are not. Science deals
with testable things, theory, not beliefs. In that sense, a belief
is not a theory, so ID is not science.



Joseph J. Bellina, Jr. Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN 46556

On Dec 2, 2005, at 4:54 PM, Dwight K. Souder wrote:

The other day, while driving and listening to the radio, I heard a
that kind of got my blood boiling. The little news snippet that
was brought
up was about the controversy between the Evolution and "Intelligent
Personally, I have my own beliefs of the whole thing, but I keep it to
myself. Even if a student asks me what I believe, I don't answer
them, but
ask them about their beliefs. Personally, I can respect people who
in one thing or the other.

The thing that got me a little angry was one of the statements made
on the
radio. It stated something along the lines that the teaching of "X-
is wrong because it is a BAD theory.

My argument is that there really is no such thing as a "bad
theory". To put
the two words together, "bad" and "theory" bad! :-) What
makes a
theory good or bad? Isn't a theory, just a theory...nothing good
or bad
about it? The way they were using the word "theory", it was as if
equated it to "law".

I sometimes think about the theory of how the craters on the moon
At one time, the common theory was that they were extinct
volcanoes. Was
that a bad theory? No! There was nothing good or bad about it, it
was just
a belief based on visual observations, until more evidence was
that stated otherwise.

Am I wrong? What are your thoughts? I'm sure whatever anyone says
this will be "bad". ;-) (haha)

Have a great day!
Ashland, OH
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