Friday, August 15, 2014

Great Article About Evolution

The author makes a good point regarding evolution. There is nothing to "believe" in -- evolution is fact. But, he goes on to say,

But there's no reason for people of faith to reject the mountains of data and the evidence of their own senses. Reconciling is easy: Believe, if you want to, that God set up the rules of evolution among His wonders, along with the laws of physics, and probability, and everything else we can see and measure for ourselves. 

It is a well-done article. To read the whole thing, go here.


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  2. The problem is a deity did not set up the rules of evolution or any other branch of science. The people who think their god's magical powers were required for these things are polluting science with magic.

  3. A well written article, but the author dodges his own point. He contends that we can't deny evolution because science (and observation) shows that species change over time. However, what he cannot demonstrate is one species changing into another over time because there is no hard evidence of this. Instead he relies on the tired "millions of years" argument that can not be proved

  4. Nathan, aside from science not 'proving' anything, what you really should say is that Evolution has not been supported to your satisfaction. It has been well supported to the satisfaction of thousands of scientists over decades of time across national and cultural borders. Just because you have a philosophical objection and refuse to accept the support for evolution which includes fossils, genetics, geographical biodiversity, and comparative anatomy studies and is also well supported by other scientific disciplines including chemistry, physics, botany, and paleontology. It really sounds more like a personal problem to me.

  5. In the article itself, I sort of disagree with his basic premise. He says we should not believe but we should 'understand'. I agree, but does an acceptance of science really require understanding? I mean we are currently posting using technology whose concepts were developed by scientists, we drive cars, went to the moon, transform matter into energy . . . all based on science, most of which the majority of us will never understand beyond the HS level -- if that. I think we should stress acceptance over belief. Science, including Evolution, is happening whether we believe in it or not. What matters is peoples' acceptance and how we let that acceptance or non-acceptance influence the science education of our children. I bet Nathan will argue that, but then I wonder if he ever bothers to put gas in his car? I mean if 'belief' mattered in science, why would he bother?


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