Is Big Bang “Just a Theory?”

An article was posted on the National Science Teachers Association’s LinkedIn group reporting the result of an AP poll which measured Americans’ “scientific literacy.” I’ll show some of the comments on that article, then I’ll write the article I posted on the big bang “theory,” which I hoped would clarify the meaning of a scientific “theory.” First the comments:

Galaxy“Why should we not give children the opportunity to hear all sides of a story and allow them to choose in which they believe? Scientist cannot prove evolution, they can present evidence that leads us to believe that evolution occurred.”

“I have a wonderful friend who is a Christian, but also a scientist. He has a Phd. in Environmental Studies. Is he illiterate because he does not support the THEORY of evolution, the theorized age of the earth, or the Big Bang?”

“As for the Big Bang Theory, it assumes you can arbitrarily ignore the law of conservation of energy, … You have to read everything critically to satisfy your own assumptions about what is real or not.”

“Are you serious? You think people are scientifically illiterate if they don’t believe that humans are the major cause of global warming? Or if they don’t believe that scientists really KNOW how old the earth is? Or if they don’t believe in the big bang theory?”

“O, and by the by, the Big Bang Theory is, by definition, a theory.”

“… all explanatory science is theory. Scientific laws are just theories with the most compelling evidence.”

“Science is based upon theories so why should school systems ram theories at my child as being the absolute truth?”

“Stating that questioning “The Big Bang Theory”, which is a THEORY and not a FACT, is scientific ignorance is, well…… ignorant.”

“If large percentages … don’t accept the theories, then maybe they aren’t well established scientific theories.”

“As with any theory such as the Big Bang, it is actually scientifically healthy to question its validity.”

“The fact that people question the Big Bang THEORY says nothing about their scientific intelligence. It is after all, still a THEORY.”

“Of course people question the Big Bang theory, it’s a theory!”

“Hold it right there Captain Kirk. Are you saying that The Big Bang theory is a scientific fact now?”

“”51% question the Big Bang Theory. That is why it’s called a “theory”.”

“Well for one the big bang theory isn’t exactly proven …”

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