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Thanks Sam. I don’t think I burned Cam–at least, I’m not aware of it. I think I have to accept responsibility for this one. I know what a theory is and what it is not. Sometimes I think the urge to prove a point leads us to play a game of semantics to the point where the original idea can become so convoluted as to not make sense anymore. Although science can be incredibly complex, there is also a simplicity about it that is absolute purity. We can’t possibly know everything there is to the universe. The fact of the universe’s incredible immensity certainly should bring that fact home. I guess when I referred to “arrogant” scientists, I was referring to the attitude that some scientists have that we have the ability to understand everything in the universe. In these cases where discoveries shake well-accepted concepts should strike us humble. The world is more than we will ever know. Star-Trek is just a fantasy–at least now. When I look at the absolute truth of science (what we currently know), I am awed by the incredible power and perfection of it all. Of course, for me, it is a reflection of the Creator and His awesomeness. I don’t expect anyone else to agree with that. And I don’t believe that I have ever pressed that issue here except as my own personal convictions. However, the point is that as we learn more and more incredible things about our universe, even if we do not believe in God, it should humble us in some way. When we look upon the micro universe and the fact that inside the nucleus of evey cell lies the unique and individual blueprint for each and every unique and individual human being that if stretched out in a single line, could be stretched for miles (I don’t remember the exact length right now–but it was far!), and then go in the opposite direction into the macro universe, I sit in absolute, silent awe.
The fact that I am unable to argue the “proper” or currently acceptable definition of theory or any other term does bother me to some degree. I wish I could. But, that does not mean that I am not a good science teacher or that I don’t know of what I speak. There are hundreds of thousands of differing ideas about scientific issues floating around. But, there is only one truth. We don’t know all of the truth and never will. I was involved with another site arguing intelligent design vs. evolution and it quickly became a philosophical argument of issues which were to me like trying to read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. I had to leave because the philosophical arguments were so complex and so outside of my knowledge (even though I’ve had a number of philosophy classes) that I could not possibly compete. It was interesting and I learned a lot, but what’s the point if I cannot offer any input?
So, for now, I will simply add any scientific articles that I find interesting without commentary. I think that is best. But again, thanks for the kind words, Sam.
[/quote]Don’t let the eggheads intimidate or discourage you. I have found that those who believe science has all the answers, are usually mostly devoid of common sense. My Father in law worked for JPL(Jet Propulsion Labs). He was so intelligent, he was stupid. He could do anything you wanted in a lab, but was kept at his front door, by a woman, whose cohorts burglarized his house at the same time. I have known more, just like him.
Not saying every egghead is that stupid, but there is a reason for the stereotype. Their attacks on you, are not because of your shortcomings, but because of their own insecurities. It helps them feel superior. A truly intelligent person is aware that others may not be as smart, and would never disparage those of lesser skill. This is why book smarts do not impress me. Putting 7 kids through school, I had my share of run ins with arrogant intellectuals. I usually just laugh at them, and go on about my business.
Now, that I have slighted those who must take courses to learn what many of us know, naturally, they’ll leave you alone, and come after me. Doesn’t matter to me, because I am good at what I do, and what I do helps my family and friends, way more than knowing what a theory is, helps theirs. They want to believe they are smarter than me due to my lack if intellect, but I know things, of practical use, that they won’t.
I’ll bet you they can analyze the fertilizers I use, but could not tell me which will make my Silver Queen corn sweeter, and more prolific.
At any rate, don’t hold back. Many of us are truly interested in what you have to say, and those who insult you, are just diminishing themselves.
Have a blessed day, since you are absolutely blessed.