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30th Nov '15 9:55:35 AM FF32
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"Theorum" is a word invented by RichardDawkins in his 2010 book ''The Greatest Show On Earth'' as a synonym for "scientific theory," to differentiate "theory" from its usage as a synonym for "hypothesis." [[note]]This differs from the much older world "theorem" which means, essentially, the same thing. Dawkins pronounces his word the-or-um (rhymes with decorum).[[/note]]

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"Theorum" is a word invented by RichardDawkins UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins in his 2010 book ''The Greatest Show On Earth'' as a synonym for "scientific theory," to differentiate "theory" from its usage as a synonym for "hypothesis." [[note]]This differs from the much older world "theorem" which means, essentially, the same thing. Dawkins pronounces his word the-or-um (rhymes with decorum).[[/note]]
9th Jan '15 6:58:30 PM TheFortuneTeller
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Not to be confused with a theorem, which is a mathematical truth proven from axioms and other theorems.
3rd Mar '14 12:28:58 AM mlsmithca
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"Theorum" is a word invented by RichardDawkins in his 2010 book TheGreatestShowOnEarth as a synonym for "scientific theory," to differentiate "theory" from its usage as a synonym for "hypothesis." [[note]]This differs from the much older world "theorem" which means, essentially, the same thing. Dawkins pronounces his word the-or-um (rhymes with decorum).[[/note]]

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"Theorum" is a word invented by RichardDawkins in his 2010 book TheGreatestShowOnEarth ''The Greatest Show On Earth'' as a synonym for "scientific theory," to differentiate "theory" from its usage as a synonym for "hypothesis." [[note]]This differs from the much older world "theorem" which means, essentially, the same thing. Dawkins pronounces his word the-or-um (rhymes with decorum).[[/note]]
21st Aug '13 3:07:24 PM GaidinBDJ
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"Theorum" is a word invented by RichardDawkins in his 2010 book TheGreatestShowOnEarth as a synonym for "scientific theory," to differentiate "theory" from its usage as a synonym for "hypothesis." [[note]]This differs from the much older world "theorem" which means, essentially the same thing. Dawkins pronounces his word the-or-um (rhymes with decorum).[[/note]]

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"Theorum" is a word invented by RichardDawkins in his 2010 book TheGreatestShowOnEarth as a synonym for "scientific theory," to differentiate "theory" from its usage as a synonym for "hypothesis." [[note]]This differs from the much older world "theorem" which means, essentially essentially, the same thing. Dawkins pronounces his word the-or-um (rhymes with decorum).[[/note]]
21st Aug '13 3:06:46 PM GaidinBDJ
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"Theorum" is a word invented by RichardDawkins in his 2010 book TheGreatestShowOnEarth as a synonym for "scientific theory," to differentiate "theory" from its usage as a synonym for "hypothesis."

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"Theorum" is a word invented by RichardDawkins in his 2010 book TheGreatestShowOnEarth as a synonym for "scientific theory," to differentiate "theory" from its usage as a synonym for "hypothesis."
" [[note]]This differs from the much older world "theorem" which means, essentially the same thing. Dawkins pronounces his word the-or-um (rhymes with decorum).[[/note]]
23rd Aug '12 2:12:28 AM Malchus
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* ScienceIsBad (the theorum is not only wrong, it is fundamentally evil)
29th Jul '12 6:59:42 AM FELH2
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Four classic theorums are Gravity, Evolution, Heliocentrism (in the sense that the Earth revolves around the Sun rather than vice versa, not in the sense that the Sun is the center of the universe) and Round Earth (in the sense that the Earth is not flat, not in the TerryPratchett sense that the world is flat but indeed round rather than [[http://www.rogermwilcox.com/square_earth.html square]]).

The word theorum was coined in 2009, for the purpose of distinguishing between different kinds of theories. The thing is that the word "theory" can be used in three very different ways.

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Four classic theorums are Gravity, Evolution, Heliocentrism (in the sense that the Earth revolves around the Sun rather than vice versa, not in the sense that the Sun is the center of the universe) and Round Earth (in the sense that the Earth is not flat, not in the TerryPratchett Creator/TerryPratchett sense that the world is flat but indeed round rather than [[http://www.rogermwilcox.com/square_earth.html square]]).

The word theorum was coined in 2009, for the purpose of distinguishing between different kinds of theories. The thing is that the word "theory" can be used in three very different ways.
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Discarding a theory is only reasonable when the research supporting it gets replaced with more accurate research. Thus, it doesn't take much to overthrow a wild guess. Any scrap of evidence is enough, and without evidence, any other wild guess is equally valid anyway. Overthrowing a regular scientific theory is more complicated, but might still be easy: Simply make a better theory and gather better evidence. Overthrowing a theorum, however, well.... In fiction, the ''easiest'' way to do that is usually to prove that reality itself is a conspiracy or that the entire mainstream scientific community is in on the same AncientConspiracy. While it does happen that a theorum gets disproven and eventually put on history's discard pile in RealLife, this is very rare and usually means a huge paradigm shift, such as when our civilization abandoned the geocentric worldview in favor of the heliocentric.

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Discarding a theory is only reasonable when the research supporting it gets replaced with more accurate research. Thus, it doesn't take much to overthrow a wild guess. Any scrap of evidence is enough, and without evidence, any other wild guess is equally valid anyway. Overthrowing a regular scientific theory is more complicated, but might still be easy: Simply make a better theory and gather better evidence. Overthrowing a theorum, however, well.... In fiction, the ''easiest'' way to do that is usually to prove that reality itself is a conspiracy or that the entire mainstream scientific community is in on the same AncientConspiracy. While it does happen that a theorum gets disproven and eventually put on history's discard pile in RealLife, this is very rare and usually means a huge paradigm shift, such as when our civilization abandoned the geocentric worldview in favor of the heliocentric.
heliocentric.



* StrawLoser (What better way to give a character a total lack of credibility than to let him believe that the earth is flat or whatever?)

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* StrawLoser (What better way to give a character a total lack of credibility than to let him believe that the earth is flat or whatever?) whatever?)
10th Dec '11 8:11:00 PM FordPrefect
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Discarding a theory is only reasonable when the research supporting it gets replaced with more accurate research. Thus, it doesn't take much to overthrow a wild guess. Any scrap of evidence is enough, and without evidence, any other wild guess is equally valid anyway. Overthrowing a regular scientific theory is more complicated, but might still be easy: Simply make a better theory and gather better evidence. Overthrowing a theorum, however, well.... In fiction, the ''easiest'' way to do that is usually to prove that reality itself is a conspiracy or that the entire mainstream scientific community is in on the same AncientConspiracy. While it does happen that a theorum gets disproven and eventually put on history's discard pile in RealLife, this is very rare and usually means a huge paradigm shift. Such as when our civilization abandoned the geocentric worldview in favor of the heliocentric.

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Discarding a theory is only reasonable when the research supporting it gets replaced with more accurate research. Thus, it doesn't take much to overthrow a wild guess. Any scrap of evidence is enough, and without evidence, any other wild guess is equally valid anyway. Overthrowing a regular scientific theory is more complicated, but might still be easy: Simply make a better theory and gather better evidence. Overthrowing a theorum, however, well.... In fiction, the ''easiest'' way to do that is usually to prove that reality itself is a conspiracy or that the entire mainstream scientific community is in on the same AncientConspiracy. While it does happen that a theorum gets disproven and eventually put on history's discard pile in RealLife, this is very rare and usually means a huge paradigm shift. Such shift, such as when our civilization abandoned the geocentric worldview in favor of the heliocentric.
15th Nov '11 2:43:28 PM genkracken
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"Theorum" is a word coined by RichardDawkins for a middle ground between "theorem" and "theory".

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"Theorum" is a word coined invented by RichardDawkins in his 2010 book TheGreatestShowOnEarth as a synonym for "scientific theory," to differentiate "theory" from its usage as a middle ground between "theorem" and "theory".
synonym for "hypothesis."
15th Nov '11 2:23:41 PM genkracken
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"Theorum" is a middle ground between "theorem" and "theory".

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"Theorum" is a word coined by RichardDawkins for a middle ground between "theorem" and "theory".
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