[Air-l] Definitions

Sam Tilden tildensam at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 17 13:49:29 PDT 2006

Nancy and all,
  I think I take exception to this characterization.
  1. Science as I understand it is the systematic study, observation or experimentation of a subject so as to determine the nature or principles of what is being studied. A person who does this is a scientist.
  2. A scholar is a person who is trained to study, observe or experiment in a special branch of learning. e.g a scholar is a learned student of something.
  3. Academic discussion is purely theoretical.
  I would hardly discount the level of discussions here as anything but scholarly, academic, or scientific given that our mission is to illuminate basic principles relative to our multi-disciplines and netspace.

Nancy Baym <nbaym at ku.edu> wrote:
  define themselves as "scientists" but as humanists, artists, 
practioners, and other categories, though that does not lessen the 
need for definitional clarity.

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