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Re: List User-related request

Glen, I'm sorry the term myth disturbs you, but myth is a standard term for a scientific idea that lacks adequate proof or that has been disproven but still has devoted adherents. Humans are an ideological species, and science contains as many myths as any other field of endeavor.

I am personally a little tired of hearing half the things I say called myth, especially when I really didn't know I was saying something I was saying something I was likely to be expected to put up a protracted argument to defend ; but it goes with the territory. Why would anyone who didn't feel strongly about truth bother to be a scientist?

I don't intend to stop using the term.

Dora Smith
Austin, TX

----- Original Message ----- From: "Glen Ledingham" <glenled@yahoo.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 11:26 AM
Subject: List User-related request

Occasionally I see the term "myth" used by members of
this list for something like a misconception or
discarded idea in paleontology or other science.
Properly speaking, a myth involves some aspect of the
supernatural, so there is no such thing as a
scientific myth. This misuse disturbs me because I
live in the bible belt and occasionally have to
confront creationist propaganda that scientific myths
are no more valid than religious myths.  When
scientists misuse the term "myth", it gives credence
to the propaganda.

Thus my request to members of this list: please use
the term "myth" only for non-scientific concepts.

Glen Ledingham

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