Words Better than “Believe”
I wrote last week about how innappropriate it is to use the word believe when talking about science.
It was then raised with me over twitter, what words might we be better to use?
I was a bit snarky in saying that creationists deny evolution, but I do think this is the word to use in this case. You can be a climate change denier, an evolution denier, or a vaccine denier. All of these have scientific evidence to support them. Maybe it would be a bit harsh and dogmatic-sounding to use these in conversation, so it is better to use positive words to describe your own postion.
I think it does get a bit fuzzier for the positive, but as was mentioned in the comments in my original post, “accept” is probably the best word to use. If you are talking to anybody about science, try to say that you understand and accept that there is strong scientific evidence to support [XYZ] as a scientific fact, rather than that you believe in [XYZ].
But I think there could be better words to use– any suggestions? Leave a comment.