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Gerald O'brian


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Evolution: "just a theory". Scientific caution is sometimes confusing.

The fact that our best available theories are still speculations misleads some people to believe that these ideas are not founded. Hence, some people suppose their uneducated opinion is just as bad, or as good, as the mainstream scientific hypothesis.
This trend is probably led by the way science has been taught, i e as a flawless method that offers facts about reality.
And by pre-scientific philosophy, still strong in our modern societies.

Evolution is "just a theory" the way Notre Dame is "just a pile of rocks", isn't it?



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  • Jun 1 2013: First of all, there is now experimental evidence to confirm the existence of evolution; I believe these studies have involved consolidating populations of bacteria or other simple organisms and freezing them at different stages, then observing adaptive changes that have occurred over time in such populations. Because of this relatively knew knowledge, the "theory" of evolution is no longer just a theory. But even in the days when it was unconfirmed and only believed to be very probable, it would have been foolish to dismiss it on the grounds that it had yet to be confirmed. The experiments reveal that there is a 100% chance of its existence, and before this, the probability was probably around 95%...there isn't a huge difference, and to refuse to act on a very likely and theoretically stable prediction would have always been stubborn.

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