Resolved: Evolution is more consistent with the evidence than is young earth creationism.
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Evolution- the scientific theory that states modern organisms descended from ancient ones through a process of gradual modification over billions of years and share a common ancestry.
Young Earth Creationism- the belief that distinct kinds of organisms, along with the Earth, were created less than ten thousand years ago
The burden of proof is SHARED. This will establish an even playing field for both sides of the debate. The first round is for acceptance only. No new evidence may be presented in the final round.
Con asks "ware (sic) did the water come from?" This is also off topic.
Con then asks "how did plants get their (sic)?" It's simple: evolution.
Ok, it's not actually simple. Now, I must first explain the process of evolution and then the overwhelming evidence for it.
Imagine a population of identical lions hunting in the African Savannah. Statistically, as they are all identical, they would do about equally on average. Now, let's say, through the well documented process of mutation, one lion gains a 5% speed advantage over his (or her) competitors. He would be more likely to survive and reproduce, passing on the better genes to his offspring. Eventually, as organisms are in competition for finite resources (food, in this case), the fast gene would dominate the population. Over time, after many fast mutations, the lion could dramatically increase his speed over time.
It is clear that natural selection provides an excellent means of improving one species of animals in a quantitative ability, such as speed. The next question is how new species are created. Allow me to illustrate an example from a lab. A population of flies was split into to halves. One half was fed maltose based food and the other starch based food. After just a few generations, there was enough of a species gap that the two groups didn't interbreed, resulting in speciation.  This example demonstrates the process of speciation. By millions on billions of speciation events, we have acquired the amazing biodiversity of Earth.
I have given a brief explanation of how evolution works. Now, I will provide scientific evidence of it. Evolution is currently the only theory that explains the fossil record. According to young earth creationists, all "kinds" of animals would have perished in a global flood, but this would imply a random scattering of fossils.  Evolution not only predicts an ordering of fossils but also predicts the correct ordering of fossils every time. . In addition, radiometric dating proves the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. 
Good luck to con in the coming rounds.
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Vote Placed by Jzyehoshua 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: As a YEC I completely disagree with Pro but Con did not make good arguments at all. Con also needs to work on their spelling/grammar and use sources.
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