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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: As far as playing with semantics goes, I won't tread there. I do know that gravity is a law [when you do this, this will happen] and there is gravitational theory [ when this happens, we think it will do this] the only difference that I see is the variables. We know how gravity works on this planet most of the time, hence it is a law, when you leave this planet, other things come into play. The same holds for evolution, we just don't have all the answers for this planet yet, and I mean yet, so it remains a theory, not someones imaginings.
    • Jun 7 2013: What is interesting is that we know a lot more about how evolution works than how gravity works.
      • Jun 7 2013: I agree. although we have some, [ I hesitate to call them absolutes but] absolutes about gravity, it still has the ability to mystify, and challenge the most intelligent out there.

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