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Evolution: Fact or theory?

  1. lovetherain profile image47
    lovetherainposted 21 months ago

    Some people, like Richard Dawkins call evolution a "fact".

    What do you think? Is evolution a fact or a theory?

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      Read "Origin of Species" and then come back to debate the issue.

      1. Paul Wingert profile image79
        Paul Wingertposted 16 months ago in reply to this

        There is no debate. There's overwhelming scientific evidence that evolution happened and accepted as scientific fact. Lovethe brain doesn't know what a scientific theory is an by his post, obvious too mentally lazy to go out research it. To deny evolution on has to really work hard to deny biology, DNA, chemistry, etc. The of course there are still people out there that insist the earth is flat.

    2. BuddiNsense profile image62
      BuddiNsenseposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      What is the difference between fact and theory?

    3. Popit profile image77
      Popitposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      Oh please!  Now you'll have all the paid up members of the flat earth society spewing forth.  There are examples of evolution that have happened in my life time - moths that change markings because of pollution.  True the evolution hypothesis is constantly reviewed as new evidence comes to light, that's what scientists and academics do, review, revise and open up for debate.  Mammoth bones were once thought to belong to giants, dinosaurs thought to be dragons etc.  But unless someone finds a flash drive in the center of an ancient rock, with the message "fooled you all you evolutionists are going to hell', creationism is still a metaphor.  A beautiful metaphor, which each culture, race and creed has sculpted in it's own image.

      1. lovetherain profile image47
        lovetherainposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        Do you mean the peppered moths they glued onto tree trunks? Great example.

    4. colorfulone profile image89
      colorfuloneposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      Evolution is a fact. 
      How did evolution begin?

      1. lovetherain profile image47
        lovetherainposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        Sure, prove it.

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

          Get yourself a bunch of fruit flies, irradiate them, and watch for several generations.  Proof given.

          Or ask any doctor why the flu vaccine has to change every years.  Or why penicillin is no longer effective for many diseases it used to be.  Proof given.

          Or talk to a dog breeder about where different breeds came from, and how to breed specific characteristics into a dog.  Proof given.

          1. lovetherain profile image47
            lovetherainposted 21 months ago in reply to this

            Fruitflies remain fruitflies. Dogs remain dogs. 40,000 generations of ecoli remain ecoli.

            Try again.

            1. wilderness profile image96
              wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

              And all have changed.  The definition of evolution: species change into something they were not.  If you insist that a species change into a different species, consider that the term is a man-defined quality.  You can define a species to be anything you want.

              Proof given.

              1. lovetherain profile image47
                lovetherainposted 21 months ago in reply to this

                Minor adaptation is not evolution. You fail again.

                1. wilderness profile image96
                  wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

                  Hmm.  You evidently need to study up your biology some.  I suggest reading "Origins of Species" - while it is rather old, it does have something to do with the topic.

                  1. lovetherain profile image47
                    lovetherainposted 21 months ago in reply to this

                    Will On the Origin of Species explain to me the Modern Synthesis, or natural genetic engineering?

                    Maybe you are the one who's out of date, if you think the Origin is relevant today.

    5. tsmog profile image84
      tsmogposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      In my view everything is theory until substantiated by fact through proof with evidence. Usually at sometime a decision is made or acceptance occurs as belief with its developed system(s). There is inference suggesting contrast with views with the OP. The three most discussed within academics and possibly at question are:

      The Creation View
      The Theistic Evolution View
      Scientific View

      Further inference suggests those likened analogously with belief and belief systems:

      Deity(s)
      Agnostic
      Atheist

      However, as with any belief and belief systems there is choice. That said, I am wishy - washy with it by nature being a skeptic questioning each. Alas, one may say beware the fate of Socrates.

  2. Castlepaloma profile image28
    Castlepalomaposted 16 months ago

    Evolution is a fact and a theory in a coherent matter.

  3. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 16 months ago

    Ya know..., I used to consider evolution a fact. But recently I have found it difficult to believe apes started giving birth to humans.

    These days I consider both evolution and creationism as theories, both of which still need a lot of work. And both of which might be correct; we just haven't figured out how they intersect yet.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image28
      Castlepalomaposted 16 months ago in reply to this

      Creatism films are well documented by the Flintstones. I intend to get closer to the facts of evolution through professial scientist.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 16 months ago

    Here's a theory...

    When the universe was created, so was intelligence; probably in the form of energy constructs. These energy constructs have been busily creating physical constructs for their amusement ever since.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image28
      Castlepalomaposted 16 months ago in reply to this

      God amusement or energy creates energy amusement?
      Huge amount of imagination and knownledge gose down better with the pleasure of entertainment.

      Being a former animators. Flintstones for me was more painful than a long term pleasure.

 
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