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Re: Problems with Paleontological Portrayal
Marty Martin wrote about difficulty with jargon in scientific circles
and that all scientists should strive to make their explanations understandable
I absolutely disagree. Jargon is necessary for clear, concise
communication in a field. What would these posts look like if everyone had to
explain what "postcranial" or "hallux" meant every time they used it? I
struggled with the terminology when I first read this list but I educated
so I can follow the discussions which are far and above the level of popular
science. If you can understand, you feel"in the circle", if you don't, you
either learn what you lack or you complain about how scientists are just
"showing off". We had this discussion in the recent past, here.
Scientists are specialized and professionals. Some are very talented in
conveying an idea so ALL can comprehend. But, the idea that you can convey all
these complicated ideas in words that everybody understands is unattainable.
Meaning and substance will be lost. It would be nice if the populus would value
a good basic, well-rounded education and then build on it.