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Discussion 4 to Meditation 8
On Theories and Laws

by Robert Dodd

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This is a bit of a nit-pick but considering how many people like to say that a theory is really a guess, I wanted to make a small correction to this article. In Meditation 08 you mentioned "(all scientific laws are really theories)", this is not really true.

A Law would be a formula or something that is pretty much an absolute that can be repeated, predicted, and/or measured like the Law of Gravity. We can predict how much gravity a certain mass has at a certain distance for example.

A Theory is used to describe and/or explain how or why of a natural phenomena through observation and current scientific knowledge. Theories do not become Laws because they are totally different things and most of the time Theories are used to describe Laws but not all Laws have Theories (Gravity while predictable, nobody really knows how if works so there is no real Theory of Gravity just yet.)

Theory; noun 1. a. Systematically organized knowledge applicable in a relatively wide variety of circumstances, especially a system of assumptions, accepted principles, and rules of procedure devised to analyze, predict, or otherwise explain the nature or behavior of a specified set of phenomena. b. Such knowledge or such a system. 2. An assumption based on limited information or knowledge; a conjecture.

Law; noun 1. a. A formulation describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met: the law of gravity. b. A generalization based on consistent experience or results: the law of supply and demand; the law of averages.

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