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Is evolution a fact?

scientifically? Or how about in your opinion.

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ClaraListensprechen

It is a fact that has not only been proven, but it has been put to use in animal domestication and specialization, and for the same using plants. Without evolution we would not have corn, potatoes, dogs, cats, Morgan horses, mules or hinneys, beef cattle, milk cattle, laying hens, fryer hens, capons, bantams, etc etc etc etc.

It's also why we need to get flu vaccinations every year. Virii evolve. It's also why we now have mrsa and "superbugs" among bacterial infections.

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I take back my answer.
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WONDERFUL!!! We agree again! I just ask the nay-sayers how they explain Tyrannosaurus rex fossils all over America. Some of the explanations are inventive, others insane, but we have a magnificent fossil record of naturally occurring changes for MILLIONS of years to scientifically demonstrate Evolution.
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Claiming something to be fact is the most arrogant thing man can do. The universe is vast. The theory of gravity is practically a fact but remains a theory because unless the whole of the universe were explored, there would be no way of telling for certain that there is not a place were the laws of gravity don't exist anymore. This is also true of evolution. You cannot call it a fact without claiming you know every last detail of the whole of the universe. We call them theories as a way of saying, "to the best of my knowledge this is how the universe always functions, but it's impossible to have ALL the data so we really don't know for sure."
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I am here, I am a fact. I can be seen, touched, smelled, etc. Gravity is present here, that is a fact. It can be observed as things do not float about in the sky. Gravity is everywhere and omnipresent, that is a theory. It is the best explanation to how the universe is held together, nothing more.
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No. Evolution is just a theory. I personally believe that evolution is how things happened though.

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You should be aware that there are two very different definitions of Theory. Theory as used in everyday parlance is similar to an opinion -- as in "I have a theory as to who took my lunch out of the refrigerator at work."

The other is a term used in science which explains how a particular phenomena works, is based on proven facts, and all other competing views as to how this particular phenomena works have been ruled out based on the facts. An example using scientific theory in a sentence would be, "I predict that this apple will fall to the ground when I drop it due to the theory of gravitation."
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I an aware. Thank you.
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@Lala: My comment was if reference to your use of the phrase "just a theory" which in past conversations has been used to dismiss scientific theory as "an educated guess" or "an opinion". Sorry if I misinterpreted.
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I say yes it is. Its illogical to say organisms don't evolve and adapt to their environment over time, which is what evolution is. When you have a species of rain forest butterflies that gets split up (one half of the species remaining in a rain forest, and the other half relocating to a more drier climate), over time, the butterflies that relocated will change and adapt to their new environment. Just from looking at the fossil records, it can be stated as a fact there are many organisms (if not most) on earth today that did not exist 5 million years ago. They evolved into their present form over time. Thats enough evidence to me to say that evolution is a fact.

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helixaqua

Yes....but evolution from ape to man is a no. A common ancestor on the evolutionary tree is a yes.

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no its a scientific theory- these no proof but no rebuttal either

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You should be aware that there are two very different definitions of Theory. Theory as used in everyday parlance is similar to an opinion -- as in "I have a theory as to who took my lunch out of the refrigerator at work."

The other is a term used in science which explains how a particular phenomena works, is based on proven facts, and all other competing views as to how this particular phenomena works have been ruled out based on the facts. An example using scientific theory in a sentence would be, "I predict that this apple will fall to the ground when I drop it due to the theory of gravitation."
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If you mean monkeys turning into man, then no. It's just a theory. No one can prove that. Here's a counter question, if evolution is a fact, then why aren't monkeys turning into man now?

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helixaqua
Different branch of the evolutionary tree...we all took our separate ways.
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You should be aware that there are two very different definitions of Theory. Theory as used in everyday parlance is similar to an opinion -- as in "I have a theory as to who took my lunch out of the refrigerator at work."

The other is a term used in science which explains how a particular phenomena works, is based on proven facts, and all other competing views as to how this particular phenomena works have been ruled out based on the facts. An example using scientific theory in a sentence would be, "I predict that this apple will fall to the ground when I drop it due to the theory of gravitation."
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Time scale of evolutionary processes is very long. Monkeys, like other organisms, evolve all the time. We just can't see into what because speciation takes millions of years.
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First of all, evolution does not say that monkeys "turned into man." This is a lie told by anti-scientiets to try to make evolution sound wrong. It is based on the religious bias toward magic, thinking that one thing can "turn into" something else. Making the argument reveals the basic flaw - evolution, unlike religion, does not rely on magic.
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In my opinion......yes.

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It is a fact! No opinions are necessary.

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Well...that was to the point! :D
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Nope! They have NO proof. It's just a theory.

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You should be aware that there are two very different definitions of Theory. Theory as used in everyday parlance is similar to an opinion -- as in "I have a theory as to who took my lunch out of the refrigerator at work."

The other is a term used in science which explains how a particular phenomena works, is based on proven facts, and all other competing views as to how this particular phenomena works have been ruled out based on the facts. An example using scientific theory in a sentence would be, "I predict that this apple will fall to the ground when I drop it due to the theory of gravitation."
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cal, I like the "theory of electricity" or the "Theory or gravity", They are both called theories, yet fully accepted as fact. Theory is NOT a hypotheses, it is a fact still in development (and may never be fully understood). A hypotheses is pretty much speculation and premise that it may be this way or that, without actual proof, not much more then a feeling.
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@Seedy: It is interesting that the creationist crowd uses the scientific term "hypotheses" as a synonym for the scientific term "theory". It never seems to occur to them that science would not use two different words to mean the same thing. For the most part they seem to grasp the science behind hypotheses, but are clueless about the science behind theory.
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Seedy, you just don't know what theory means... Electromagnetism, gravity, and evolution are all theories in the exact same sense: they are well tested and well corroborated models. That's the meaning of theory in science, despite what some charlatans try to argue.
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@Lior: I assume your comment was directed to 1letmeknow1 rather than Seedy.
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1letmeknow1 should NEVER to to the doctor, because all that medicine stuff is "just a theory." According to the Bible, disease is caused by evil spirits and doctors just rely on theories, so they must be wrong.
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Yes, Lior, I do know what theory in science is.
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It's called the theory of evolution for a reason, it's just a theory. If your talking about microevolution then yes that is true but if your talking about macroevolution then no because it have extremely little scientific evidence to back it up while the other has tons.

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There is no difference in macro and micro evolution. You say Theory, but in science theory is a fact that is not fully developed such as the theory of electricity, the theory of gravity, but I'm sure you accept them both as fact. You are confusing the word "hypothesis" for theory, they are very much 2 different things.
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And the vernacular use of "theory" (opinion) is very different from the scientific term "theory" (fact). It gets so tiresome trying to put this fire of ignorance out time after time. Explain it in one place, and this misunderstanding pops up in another. Sometimes I wonder if it is willful misunderstanding.
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Actually, Cal, yes it is total ignorance
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@Banana: I not sure what your source is for the "extremely little scientific evidence to back [evolution] up while [creationism/I.D.] has tons", but it is at odds with the overwhelming majority of the world's scientific community which accepts evolution as fact, and creationism/intelligent design as quackery.
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Wow, most of you really need to take a lesson on biology and science. Evolution is a proven fact, yet called theory. How many of you understand the "theory" of electricity? How many understand the "theory" of gravity". They are all theories. In science the word :theory" is fact, a fact that is not fully developed, such as the 2 I mentioned. Theory in general conversation is actually hypothesis. meaning it is not fact based.

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I believe it's still a theory, but one that I accept.

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When you die,Good will answer you everything.

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