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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?

Thoughts?

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  • Jun 12 2013: The strength of evolution as just a theory is related to the diversity of what it explains. As more evidence is gathered, so that accuracy in the predictive model improves over time; this increased accuracy corresponds to an increase in scientific knowledge. Since it is a continuing phenomenon, we are gathering continuing to gather information. Once evolution stops,
    We can say it is no longer a theory, but a fact.

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