I concur with David Morrison's recent forum article ("Avoiding the theory trap when discussing evolution," Eos, 87(9).2006) but disagree wilh the suggestion that we abandon the use of the word 'theory.'
A subtext to Morrison's article was the need to use the vernacular. l agree. Evolution has been the object of a long and focused smear campaign built on lies, half-truths, and distortions. Scientists have largely failed in countering these lies with the simple truth. The way information is presented to the public needs to be changed.