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How to say 'knowledge of the world and how it works'

 
 
yaygob
 
Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 11:15 am
I'm working on a project and compiling lists of things that people knew at certain periods in history, things like science, math, chemistry, engineering, etc. I am trying to categorize this kind of knowledge and am having trouble coming up with a satisfactory title. I don't want to simply call it 'Knowledge' because I feel that the term is too broad. I am trying to say 'knowledge of the world and how it works' in a less cumbersome fashion.
Any ideas?
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 11:26 am
@yaygob,
Here's a few quick thoughts: how about 'knowledge of the physical world' or 'scientific knowledge of the day'?
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 01:35 pm
Worldliness?
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layman
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 01:42 pm
@Ragman,
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Here's a few quick thoughts: how about 'knowledge of the physical world' or 'scientific knowledge of the day'?


That's what I would have suggested too, Rags, with one possible exception. Instead of "scientific knowledge," I would probably say "scientific theories."

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"The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so." (Mark Twain)
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 09:03 pm
@layman,
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Instead of "scientific knowledge," I would probably say "scientific theories."

Pray tell, what's wrong with saying scientific knowledge?
layman
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 09:05 pm
@Ragman,
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Pray tell, what's wrong with saying scientific knowledge?


Well, it aint "knowledge," that's all. It's theory. I thought the Twain quote illustrated what I was getting at, but maybe not.
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 09:08 pm
@layman,
Wandering off mumbling to myself
layman
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 09:13 pm
@Ragman,
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Wandering off mumbling to myself


Hmmm. Well, I guess I could elaborate, if you really care.
layman
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 09:43 pm
@layman,
I'm kinda bored, Rags, so I started a whole new thread on this subject, if you care to look.
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FBM
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2015 09:46 pm
@yaygob,
Human Knowledge throughout History?
north
 
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Reply Sat 16 May, 2015 01:05 am
@FBM,

Evolution of Scientific Thought
FBM
 
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Reply Sat 16 May, 2015 01:06 am
@north,
That sounds good, too.
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