Posted 5 years ago on May 9, 2013, 2:01 a.m. EST by TheLoneWolf
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Many more Americans than we think are illiterate. They can read words on paper, but they often don't know their proper meanings. If you think you know the meaning of a word, but are wrong, this is worse than knowing that you don't understand a word's meaning.
Yesterday, I ran into such an illiterate on this very site. It made me sad. The person in question did not understand the meaning of scientific theory. He confused it with the layman's version of theory which is more akin to an assumption or hypothesis.
I explained that a scientific theory is the highest form of scientific knowledge. That it is a well supported explanation, supported by evidence, testing, etc... of a body of facts. That a scientific theory is a higher form of knowledge than scientific fact. Still, he would not budge.
Worse, he posted definitions of scientific theory that supported my position all the while thinking that it supported his. Truly illiterate.
In the end, he claimed again that theory in conspiracy theory means the same as theory in scientific theory.
How can we even start debating issues with such illiterates? What has America become? Education is at an all time low!
Sigh... Even when I asked him to check with a scientist friend he would not. He chose to remain ignorant, and that is the saddest part.
If you're scientifically illiterate like the poster I mentioned, or like most other Americans as noted in this survey:
...you can read this short article to help you understand what a scientific theory really is:
Here is the exchange with the one we shall call "Boy Illiterate".