In an astonishing turn of events, Michael Behe, a leading proponent of Intelligent Design theory, has asserted that, under his definiton of the word “theory”, astrology would qualify as a scientific theory:

‘Behe said he had come up with his own “broader” definition of a theory, claiming that this more accurately describes the way theories are actually used by scientists. “The word is used a lot more loosely than the NAS defined it,” he says.’

I am, of coure, reminded of Humpty Dumpty’s remarks to Alice regarding words and their meanings:

“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”

This does make it rather difficult to communicate meaning.


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