Evolution is not an established scientific fact. Period.
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The debate over whether evolution or creationism is true has been waged for a very long time to say the least. Frankly, this website is home to too many of them.
Unfortunately, due to how debates are structured, we always assume that one side has to be right and we forget our other options. When it comes to evolution vs creationism, the truth is that neither side has enough evidence to back up their claims.
We all know God cannot scientifically be proven. Well evolution cannot be scientifically proven either.
Evolution: Change in the genetic composition of a population during successive generations, as a result of natural selection acting on the genetic variation among individuals, and resulting in the development of new species.
Please note the words "new species"
Scientific fact: An objective and verifiable observation
Resolved: Evolution is not an established scientific fact.
I only have one argument for this debate, but I believe it is stronger than all the arguments in support of evolution put together.
1. The study of Evolution is outside of Empirical Science.
For a natural occurrence to be considered a scientific fact, it must first fit all the requirements of experimental science (aka empirical science) simply because only through scientific experimentation can anything be proven to be factual.
The first requirement of experimental science is that a natural occurrence must be observable. For example, we can all observe the occurrences of earthquakes. Evolution, on the other hand, happens far to slowly to meet this requirement. Many living species remain unchanged for tens of thousands of years or millions of years, which is well beyond the life time of human observers. The well-known evolutionist Paul Ehrlich says the theory of evolution "cannot be refuted by any possible observations" and thus is "outside of empirical science."
The second requirement of experimental science is that a natural occurrence must be repeatable. For example, the rotation of the Earth around the Sun is a repeatable natural occurrence. What about Evolution? According to the evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky, even when evolutionary changes do occur, they are by nature "unique, unrepeatable, and irreversible."
The third and last requirement of experimental science is that a natural occurrence must be testable. For example, gravity can be tested by dropping an apple. With respect to evolution, Dobzhansky tells us that the "applicability of the experimental method to the study of such unique historical processes is severely restricted."
To summarize: evolution cannot be a fact because it does not fit into the study of empirical science, which is the science responsible for determining facts.
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