Wouldn't it be amazing if we could develop an AI computer program to review T/A discussions and comments and simply not approve them to be posted until the misuse of scientific terminology is corrected?
It could be programmed to show an error message like:
You have misused the word "theory" in your comment. You may have meant to use the word "guess" or "hypothesis". A "theory" is a well-tested model that explains, synthesizes and unifies a significant range of phenomena and that has predictive power, either predicting new phenomena or suggesting a direction for further research and testing. Please review the scientific definition of the word "theory" and try again.
You have misused the word "energy" in your comment. Energy is not some glowing substance that can be used to interpret the nature of souls. Energy is a property associated with matter, but is not a material substance. When two material bodies interact, the energy of one may increase at the expense of the other, and this is sometimes called a transfer of energy. This does not mean that we could intercept this energy in transit and bottle some it. After the transfer one of the bodies may have higher energy than before, and we speak of it as having "stored energy". But that doesn't mean that the energy is "contained in it" in the same sense as water in a bucket. Please review the scientific definition of the word "energy" and try again.
Any one have any other suggestions for frequently misused science terms for which this AI program could help?
Like this twitter bot that debates AGW deniers?
Exactly! That is awesome!
Found this article on it: http://mashable.com/2010/11/03/ai-science-twitter-bot/
We need an Atheist Twitter bot.
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This blog is valuable for time and time again I find myself fitful in a lack of words to correct people who misuse these particular two terms (energy and theory). Couldn't have said any of this better myself.
Other good words commonly misused: Science, Evidence and/or Proof, Athiest (people tend to use this word to describe us in a religious context rather than a non-theist context).....these are just a few things that come to my mind....