evolution is not a theory

Silurian vegetation restored
Silurian vegetation restored (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Public Domain!

Most compelling evidence that evolution is not a theory may be the idea of scientific theory itself.  By that I mean the relatively recent addition of the line about consensus determining what is or is not theory.  Consensus is just another name for a fallacious argument; the bandwagon argument.

Theory as defined pre post Christian era was a scientific idea that could be proved by experimentation and that experimentation could be replicated.  It was widely acknowledged that the Big Bang nor evolution qualified as theories.  Note that Darwin himself realized evolution or even his origin of the species did not work out when put to the test. This is echoed in this review: The Gospel Coalition blog reviews a book about the Cambrian or Silurian period which blows a hole in evolution.

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http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/05/30/darwins-doubt-an-interview-with-stephen-c-meyer/

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11 thoughts on “evolution is not a theory

  1. Please define the word “theory” when used in a scientific context. This post gives the impression you to not understand that word as used by scientists.

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      • That is not how scientists use the word theory. A scientific theory is “not a guess, speculation, or suggestion, which is the popular definition of the word “theory.” A scientific theory is a unifying and self-consistent explanation of fundamental natural processes or phenomena that is totally constructed of corroborated hypotheses. A theory, therefore, is built of reliable knowledge–built of scientific facts–and its purpose is to explain major natural processes or phenomena. Scientific theories explain nature by unifying many once-unrelated facts or corroborated hypotheses; they are the strongest and most truthful explanations of how the universe, nature, and life came to be, how they work, what they are made of, and what will become of them.”
        http://www.geo.sunysb.edu/esp/files/scientific-method.html

        Examples of scientific theory include the atomic theory of matter, the germ theory of disease, the theory of relativity, and the theory of evolution.

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        • That is why I said that the definition of theory had been changed over the last 2 or 3 decades. By your definition, if I consistently call the grass blue, and I can get enough people to agree with me, then the grass is blue.

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      • You need to present some evidence that the definition of theory has changed in the last 2 or 3 decades. Your response shows that you still do not understand the concept. A scientific theory explains and wide variety of phenomena and provides a mechanism for that phenomena. It is not about getting people to agree with your position. It is about producing models that make predictions which can be falsified.

        Also, you need to take a basic geology course. The Silurian Period is not another name for the Cambrian period. The Cambrian Period lasted from 541.0 ± 1.0 to 485.4 ± 1.9 million years ago (mya). The Silurian Period lasted from 443.4 ± 1.5 mya to 419.2 ± 3.2 mya. The Ordovician Period took place between the Cambrian and the Silurian.
        http://www.stratigraphy.org/ICSchart/ChronostratChart2012.pdf

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        • Silurian and Cambrian refer to geologic (rock) formations found in Wales marked or remarkable for the fossil remains of advanced marine life forms.

          The author of the review uses the term Silurian, and since I have not yet read the book he reviews, I patterned my post after the review. My intent with the post was only to point to the review and therefore the book as an item of possible interest.

          My quest in these points is an attempt to overcome the hate mail received by those of us who want to continue searching for truth.

          The simplicity and elegance of the original definition of theory is evidence of its veracity.

          We, scientists, are afraid to say or to listen to, “I don’t know”. That in itself is enough to evidence that not all is well in our field.

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  2. I wholeheartedly applaud your search for the truth. But I do not call a wholesale rejection of current scientific theories as equivalent to searching for the truth. For example, if I said, “I do not accept the germ theory of disease, and those immunologists are simply closed-minded. I simply don’t know what causes diseases.” You would take me as a fool at best. This is not to say that the germ theory of disease is the all-encompassing truth. Perhaps one day it will be succeeded by a broader theory. But it has proved so accurate and so useful that scientists have no qualms about accepting it as a true scientific theory. The same is true for natural selection and universal common ancestry. No doubt the various mechanisms underlying this theory will continually be tweaked. But the basic theory itself has stood the test of time just like the germ theory of disease has. If indeed you have discovered some evidence that contradicts natural selection and universal common ancestry, then please, publish it in a peer-reviewed journal. If you are right, your name will go down in the history of science and the Nobel Prize will be yours for the taking.

    You still have offered no evidence that the definition of a scientific theory has changed. The theory of evolution is also simple and elegant. Could this not provide evidence of its veracity as well?

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    • It looks like I won’t be getting back to you after all. There are things to wonderful for humans to understand and controversy just wears on people. The best information there is is that Jesus knew we were going to make horrible mistakes and planned ahead of time not just to die but to take the punishment for all men’s sins. Yes, Hitler, Pol Pot, Mugabe, Baby Doc even the ones before and after them. And if you took a cookie or stuck your tongue out at your mom or told even a “white” lie you are just as guilty. Praise God, He does not condemn if you believe that Jesus took your punishment, that God raised Him from the dead and that makes Jesus the Lord of Lords. God bless.

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