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Re: Hyperthesis

I certainly agree that another term is needed for "theory."  Like many of
you, I've probably suffered the "evolution is only a theory" line so many
times that it triggers an allergic reaction.
And I agree that hyperthesis fits the current scientific convention.
However, I think this idea fails to address the problem of separating
public perception from scientific consensus.  The term "hyperthesis"
itself is so aloof that I can't imagine using it in general conversation.
Referring to the "evolutionary hyperthesis" would only earn a glassy-eyed
stare.  I'm not sure it does anything to drive the point home that "this
is more than a guess, dammit."

Mark Sumner
DEVIL'S TOWER sampler at http://www.inlink.com/~range