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creationism in school.

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Started: 2/11/2013 Category: Science
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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christian777

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Lets get something clear. Evolution is not based on facts. Give me one FACT that proves evolution is legitimate.
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Evidence of evolution is all around you. Have you ever heard of this recent antibiotics scare? Basically, the over-prescription of antibiotics has lead to an influx of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The anti-biotics may kill 98% of the harmful bacteria, but those that survive survive for a reason. There's some odd genetic mutation in that small fraction of the population that makes it resistant of the drug. Thus, through the process of natural selection in which the organisms most fit to survive in an environment do survive, and reproduce to pass on those genetic traits to further generations, there becomes a new strain of bacteria resistant to previous anti-biotics.

That is evolution.

You likely resemble one or both of your parents (it really depends on your gender... if you're male, you likely more resemble your mother's side of the family since you didn't inherit your father's X chromosome).

That's evolution. That's the process through which species change and adapt over time through the inheritance of genetic traits.

Is described a physical process that you can observe in your own lifetime good enough evidence for you? Are you even willing to accept that the natural world might not adhere to the fantasy of scripture that you've apparently been indoctrinated into? Does it matter? Perhaps, before providing specific examples, we should look at things in a broader perspective.

Now, am I to assume that you are a creationist? If so, I'll assume that you're familiar with creationist "theory." This is actually a grand misnomer and a misleading proposition, despite what you may have been told by the clergy. It is actually not a "theory" at all. In fact, it is perhaps one of the furthest things from a theory. Perhaps you've heard the term "the God Hypothesis". This is also a misnomer. The notion of God and the notion of creation are not "theories." The notion of God and the notion of creation are not even "hypotheses." To be a theory, something must be supported by a vast amount of factual and experimental observations and generally agreed upon by a vast majority of the respective field's practitioners, who I would assume have much more knowledge about the topic than you do.

For you to dispute the theory of evolution, you obviously know nothing of evolutionary theory or of the nature of a theory in general. For your reference, a scientific law is something that is known to always happen. For example, that all matter is attracted to all other matter in the universe is the law of gravitational attraction. The law of conservation of momentum describes the phenomenon that momentum is always conserved. Note that a law only describes something that happens. It doesn't describe how or why those things happen.

That's where theories come in. A theory describes how things work. To become a theory, a hypothesis must be supported by a simply ungodly amount of evidence. A theory is really one of the most important things we can do. Through a theory, we can almost unerringly describe why the world functions as it does.

Evolutionary theory is supported by a vast amount of substantiated evidence and is generally agreed upon by upwards of 98% of the scientific community (who, again, know quite a bit more about the natural world than I would think you or me to), observable within our lifetimes and across the ages, and even supported by the largest sect of the most prominent creationist religion in the world (though they erroneously believe the process to be carried out deliberately by some all-powerful sky daddy with nothing better to do than oversee our pathetic little existence in kissing his rear end).
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Posted by TheAntidoter 4 years ago
TheAntidoter
Mutation, not evolution.

I've been here before.
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