ET, extraterrestrial

    1. A juror with no previous or a priori knowledge of the matter under discussion.

    (I chose the ET because he is perhaps the best example of an individual entirely unfamiliar with things of
    our world which we take for granted.)

    If we want the ET to understand a theory, we must begin by defining words and showing him pictures of
    objects. Every scientific and philosophical theory must implicitly or explicitly embody definitions and
    objects. The ET is required to visualize objects and learn definitions before he can understand the theory.
    The crucial step for the ET is the hypothesis, not the theory.

    Syn: neophyte, layman, novice, beginner, unversed, know-nothing


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