should the scientific community change the word "theory"?

while i'm not a scientist, it seems to me that the word that scientists use to describe their ultimate accomplishment is inherintly flawed.  they must be as tired of the misinterpretation of "theory" by the uninformed or uneducated as we are.  given that they spend innordinate amounts of time correcting the layperson who equates scientific theory to guesswork, why don't they come up with a new word for theory? 


in Dawkins' the God Delusion, he added an intro to the paperback version that discussed this.  his minor modification was to call it a "theorum", much like the usage in mathematics.  i don't feel like that is good enough. 


at the same time, i don't have a better word.  i'm open to ideas though...

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Ok, I'm bring this back, but just to close it.

All this confusion is now gone after reading the explanation:

Evolution is a FACT and Natural Design is the Theory that explains it.

There were many theories explaining evolution, and Natural Design was the winer (unless you talk to a creationist :().

So no need to change the name because it's simply a FACT.

Natural Design = Theory.


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