what's in a word? heh. everything. ever go to england or australia? they speak english there. sorta. but it's a different flavor of english. same words. different meanings. you can get into a whole peck of trouble saying innocent sounding things. like when b starting calling his brother git. his mother took offense at calling her son a bastard. anywho. science speak is another variation of english. same words different meanings. there's a list over at bad astronomy
. though he got it from somewhere else. and it isn't so great. let's do better. theory in science means proven. theory outside science means not proven. ouch! manipulate in science means process, like data. manipulate outside science means to tamper with and to cheat. positive feedback in science is a closed process that amplifies itself. generally leading to instability and/or destruction of the system. positive feedback outside science is a good job, a pat on the head. (uh oh!) bias in science is an offset. as in, apply a bias voltage. bias outside science is distortion, pig headedness. trick in science is clever manipulation (see above). trick outside science is a nasty surprise. values in science are numbers. values outside science are religious ethics, morals. uncertainty in science is how exactly something is known. uncertainty outside science means unknown. error in science is uncertainty (see above). error outside science means wrong. heh. to recap, theory means not a theory. manipulated means not manipulated. positive feedback is really bad. bias is normal. tricks are not tricky. values are literal. uncertainty means very little uncertainty. error means very little error. got it? good. let's try. what does this mean? the theory is to add bias and use tricks to manipulate values to establish uncertainty.