When I go back to college, after I retire from full-time mom, I'm going to take Music Theory.
Theory is a funny word. It means different things depending on what it's paired with. Music Theory is the study of "practices and possibilities of music" (straight from Wikipedia - hey it's good for some things).
But if that word travels in Science, then a theory is something that hasn't been proven wrong. This is to be distinguished from facts (generally proven and accepted ideas) and laws (facts based on tested theories) - Those definitions came from my head, so don't get all up in arms for my not citing them.
Put the word Theory in Math, and it changes again. Now it means a complex idea that some really smart mathematician figured out while stringing a bunch of numbers and letters into an equation. But that would send us all the back to M, and I'm trying to stay on T, thank you very much.
And finally, when Theory is in Writing, it's either a character's preconceived ideas, or the reader's prediction on the outcome of a story.
So, I love how Theory travels with me into all of my many interests.
What are your theories on the subject?
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