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Last edited at 12:52PM on 10/8/2013
It's not a law. It's a theory. A theory means it has been verified through repeated experimentation, backed up with evidence. Laws, while they are considered fact, do not provide the "why" factor. Laws describe things, but they do not offer explanations. Theories, which are also synonymous with fact, provide the explanations that laws fail to do. People who think that "theory" means "unproven" are wrong. http://www.livescience.com/21491-what-is-a-scientific-theory-definition-of-theory.html
In many cases, theories supersede laws. So it's a good thing evolution has the rank of theory.
Because it's not completely proven yet, which is accurate since it's untrue. I will say however, that adaptation is a complete possibility. But everything just coming from a single cell is preposterous
The scientific definition of theory is not the same as the layman's definition of theory (aka "just a guess.")
Gravity is also a theory, yet we accept it true. The Law of Gravity is the mathematical explanation of how it works. The Gravitational Theory is why is works the way it does. Likewise, the Theory of Evolution is our understanding of why things happen the way they have. The label "theory" does not make it any less substantial. It doesn't mean it's untrue, or unproven, or not supported by scientific evidence.
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Last edited at 12:56PM on 10/8/2013
Because it is a theory and not a law, but it's accepted as being factual. A theory is something that's developed when there's enough evidence to support the hypothesis. But it's still not fully proven. I understand that some pieces and parts of evolution is true, like adaptation, but to say that we can from apes that came from microorganisms that floated in water is pretty much ridiculous and unproven. There's no evidence to support that, although unusual skulls have been discovered. We have no way of knowing if those were monkey evolving into humans. They could have just been different species of monkeys that are now extinct due to the dramatic and rapid climate change of their time. We can only guess, but now they're being accepted as fact when we can't know. It's like teaching a guess in school as the most logical guess. There are other variables pity there that haven't been eliminated, so simply saying that monkeys turned into us over millions of years should be taught as a guess along with saying they could've just been ancient apes.