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is evolution real?

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Started: 12/31/2017 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Evolution is not real. Life is too complex that it is unreasonable to say it evolved from a single cell. God is real and he created this world.


Since my opponent has only made one claim in his BoP, I will only address this claim in my argument. His secondary claim that God is real and he created the world is a claim that he did not substantiate with any evidence; therefore it is simply an assertion and does not meet his BoP.

"Evolution is not real. Life is too complex that it is unreasonable to say it evolved from a single cell."
This statement is logically fallacious, first and foremost. He has only stated that it is unreasonable to say life evolved from a single cell and therefore evolution is not real. This does not disprove evolution even if we were to accept his argument that it is unreasonable to say life evolved from a single cell (which it is unreasonable to say, ironically). I will outline these reasons first before I discuss his argument that life evolved from a single cell.

We must first define what evolution is scientifically. As defined by Hall and Hallgrimsson, evolution is scientifically considered, "...change in the heritable characteristics of biological populations over successive generations." (Hall and Hallgr"msson, 2008). Heritable characteristics would be considered aspects such as: bone structure, size and shape of limbs, pigmentation, and so on. These heritable characteristics have shown to change, or mutate, based on environmental and biological influences over periods of time.

As an example, I will discuss allopatric speciation, which is a type of evolution whereby sexually reproducing animals of the same species are separated from their original environment. They are then genetically interfered with by due to the new environment, causing measurable biological evolutionary changes. Laboratory experiments have been conducted on house flies and fruit flies to measure any biological evolutionary changes after scientists remove them from their natural habitat and place them into a different one. When they place these flies into new habitats, they introduce certain environmental factors that they have predicted will force a genetic modification to their heredity, and they will then evolve accordingly. Results showed that over a certain amount of generations, the flies will eventually evolve to accompany these environmental changes. The evolutionary changes were specific to their environment, thus supporting a Darwinian model. For example, in environments where survival was contingent upon a greater wingspan, the flies wings evolved to be larger over just a few generational years.

These laboratory experiments specifically demonstrate that evolution is in fact real. And this is just one of numerous models that measures and demonstrates evolution. I believe that this information substantially debunks your contention that evolution isn't real but I will still address your contention that we evolved from a single cell.

To begin, you clearly don't understand how cellular evolution took place since your contention that we evolved from a single cell demonstrates a lack of comprehension. Prior to the existence of the animal kingdom and the existence of multi-cellular organisms, their existed communities of single celled organisms that remained that way for around a billion years. That is, until a different microbe was introduced into the population and the single celled organisms began clustering together to adapt to the environmental threat. They basically responded to their environment in a manner consistent with Darwin's theory of natural selection, whereby survival was most likely if the single celled organisms formed into multi-cellular clusters. This cellular adaptation from single celled communities has happened more than once, which is why we have different species of plants and animals. Their specific environment is what dictated: the type of cellular organization, the amount of cellular organization, and the frequency.
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Posted by reagandalf 3 years ago
Sorry but I'm brand new here, what is BoP?
Posted by canis 3 years ago
when was the first..
Posted by Leaning 3 years ago
Maybe I've been missing something for years but I thought that evolution was basically just natural selection. Which I thought was ridiculously provable.
Posted by squonk 3 years ago
In many places, the Bible makes the claim that the earth is fixed and immovable. This is why Christians were so very resistant to the idea that the earth revolves around the sun. By now, most Christians accept the heliocentric modal of our solar system and all of these verses have been "reinterpreted" in such a way that they"re compatible with modern scientific knowledge. But even today, many Christians continue to reject legitimate science (for instance, evolution) in favour of ancient myths (like the Genesis story) because they believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. Knowing precisely nothing about cosmology, biology or geology they somehow feel qualified to reject the Big Bang theory, the theory of evolution, and radiometric dating.

The evidence unequivocally supports evolution. In the scientific community, there is no controversy; Christian scientists (like Kenneth Miller or Francis Collins) accept evolution and urge their fellow Christians to do the same. You should read Finding Darwin's God (by Kenneth Miller) or The Language of God (by Francis Collins) to familiarize yourself with the evidence for evolution before deciding that it it's "unreasonable."
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