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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 7 2013: Evolution in thoughts may be acceptable because our thinking and resultant conclusions do change with new inputs, however, evolution in living beings is absurd and just untrue. Allah created every living being and plant in complete perfection at once. He says that when He intends to do a thing, He just says,"Be done, and it is instantly done." He does not require evolution process for achieving perfection in any specie. Have you ever heard of human beings changing their present shape into some thing new? After all millions of years have gone by in the present form. No, this evolution is just not true. Yes similarities in some respect between species are there, but that's all. There is perfection in his creations every where, there are no deficiencies or defects any where at all. This indeed is the biggest sign of His existence as one Supreme Being, our Creator, our Sustainer and our Master. He has created every thing for particular function(s) and it will continue to live and flourish till He wants it to stay. The instant end of all things is just near now.
    • Jun 7 2013: Dear Muhammad Ali,
      How can you explain 98.5 percent similarity between DNA's of humans and of Chimpanzees?
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        Jun 8 2013: We have to breath the same air, eat the same food,drink the same water, plus the fact,of course, we were designed by the same designer. Human beings are more than the machines we walk around in.

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      • Jun 8 2013: Dear Mahdi, the similarity may be 98.5 % but not 100 %. The first human being Adam and his wife Hava were created by Allah in one go in complete perfection. Both of them lived in Heaven for some time. Then they were sent to this world on this planet for a given period of time. Only they were the first parents of the entire human race except Christ who was created through mother only (without the intervention of father) by the Grace of Allah. Hence Champanzees are not our forefathers, these are not humans though they look similar to us. Let us not forget that a few thousands years ago, many humans like us were converted into Champanzees or similar animals by Allah as punishment, the scientists may be talking about such converts who may have close similarities. We are the best of creations of Allah, animals are not our forefathers. We are a separate specie right from start. All the scriptures including Al-Quran have been always saying so as well.
        • Jun 9 2013: If you knew more about the science of evolution you would know that nobody ever said we descended from chimps. Chimps and ourselves descend from an earlier hominid along similar paths. We tend to be more sucessful is all.
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          Jun 9 2013: Timothy,

          That apparently wont help, but i applaud your effort.
    • Jun 7 2013: No defiencies? no defects? I suppose you religious types explain birth defects as sins of the father, or other such tripe. I am sorry for such bald language, but diversity in humans is as easily seen as skin colour, or sickle cell anemia. There is absolutely no sign of any God.
      • Jun 9 2013: Our body is a wonderfully packed bio- factory in which thousands of life-giving chemical reactions take place all the times. Our Pancreas does not let the level of sugar in our blood go beyond certain limits. The heart pumps blood to each cell of the body untiringly for the entire length of its life. It beats around 40 million times a year, about 3 billion times in an average life span, without needing repairs. God? Not there? All this is automatic? Isn't it absurd? Can water enter our mouth without our effort?
        Who made such a perfect machine each organ of which functions distinctly but all aim at keeping us alive and healthy? Who made such a rugged pumping system? The cells die in millions and are replaced with fresh ones in millions from within the body. Who has designed and programmed all such automatic functions? Dear, there are many such questions to be answered by non-believers.
        • Jun 9 2013: The reason that all things function the way they do is because if they did not, they would cease to be, and that creature would die out. Look at the fossil record, it clearly shows many organisms that couldn't compete, or adapt. This does not show God, but uncompassionate nature. I used the vestigal leg bones in whales to show that adaptation is all around us, very plain, very clear to see for those with the eyes to see it.

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