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Evolution: Theory means FACT....
10-02-2011, 01:54 AM
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Evolution: Theory means FACT....
The facts of evolution ever since Darwin: the facts of common descent and natural selection. Most scientists agree that evolution is no more a “theory” (in the popular sense) than is gravity. Evolution is based on a collection of facts that—like gravity—challenge Biblical notions of the nature of the universe and our very selves. The National Academy report on “Evolution and Creationism” reminds us that “In science, theories do not turn into facts through the accumulation of evidence. Rather, theories are the end points of science” . The “theory” of evolution is based on six sets of facts that contradict any number of scriptures, and these facts alone should dictate what is taught as science in our schools: The earth is 4 billion years old . 5.7 million years ago we descended from an ancestor we share with chimpanzees . Homo erectus (our immediate ancestor) is anywhere from 1.8 to 0.3 million years old and people more or less like us (homo sapiens sapiens) arose in Africa 100,000 years ago . The fossil evidence for these observations has been validated by newer techniques of molecular biology, capped by the human genome project . Natural selection of random mutants (in portions of the genome that may or not be “hot spots”) accounts for the emergence of new strains of viruses (influenza, HIV), microbes, and tumors. Natural selection and survival of the fittest has been demonstrated for the resistance to antibiotics by bacteria, to herbicides by plants, and to chemotherapy by tumor cells . Natural selection is the basis of immunity . Natural selection and survival of the fittest has been observed in humans as well. Ever since Rochelle Hirschhorn first described reversion to normal (both in DNA and clinical health) of a child with inherited adenosine deaminase deficiency , reversion to normal via somatic mosaicism has been shown in several disorders in which the revertant cells have a selective advantage . These facts of life science, directed by the physics and chemistry of DNA, turn out to obey laws as universal as those of Boyle’s perfect gas. Just as pV = nRT describes the behavior of gases in a rocket to the moon or an RPG in Fallujah; the ratios of G:C and A:T are equal in the DNA of fly and earthworm, mouse and microbe, prelate and president. The clock that sets the time to copy DNA was figured out in quahogs; the truth of molecular evolution is that we are such stuff as clams are made of . It would be reassuring for many of us were the lessons of Darwinian evolution simply a collection of tall stories we could take or leave at will—a tale of comfort or terror, of promise or warning, but tales after all of the mind, texts without bite. Marianne Moore described the world of poetry as composed of imaginary gardens with real toads in them. Well, I’m afraid that the facts of evolution are those of real gardens with real toads in them. They are not the baubles of one race, one gender, one class, or one Reich. They have been worked out by the buzzing of eager minds despite complaints by the pious, the zealous and the herbally inspired. Yes, of course, evolutionary theory may be only one explanation for life on our planet, but it’s the only theory that has held up against disproof. And however much we think we know of evolution today, it must be a minute fraction of what remains to be discovered tomorrow. Finally, I’d argue that the facts of evolution impose a kind of necessity on the chance of our imagination, they cut short many a tall tale. Experimental science is our defense—perhaps our best defense—against humbug and the Endarkenment.
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10-02-2011, 07:28 AM
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RE: Evolution: Theory means FACT....
Most people don't understand that the 'theory' of evolution is an idea that makes predictions and is testable! This is different from creationist ideas, which just propose guesses that fills their blanks.

Perhaps people don't understand that a scientific theory is more than just an idea, it is an idea that explains something, predicts what should occur, and most importantly it is TESTABLE! And if the tests don't produce the outcomes predicted, it is abandoned/changed/altered/repaired into a more precise theory that gets results. It is this type of building, idea by idea, that has propelled humanity to where it is today. Medicine, technology, connectivity, etc. everything we use today is influenced by this process! Our life span is more than double what it was before we evolved to this point and came to rely on this evolution of knowledge!

My personal #1 reason that I don't like religion is because I like knowledge! And Religion suppresses knowledge; not just the knowledge unfortunately, but it suppresses the entire drive to understand.
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