June 29, 2011
Should we say “I believe in evolution….” in the same way we say “I believe in God…” or “I believe in the democratic process….?” Mark Liberman at Language Log argues this may lead more to confusion than to clarity. Mostly we use the phrase “I believe in….” to refer to ideas that are not subject to empirical warrant.
Be sure to click through to the Faye Flam video, and the original that it spoofs.