Is the theory of evolution proven?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    the‧o‧ry

    –noun, plural -ries.

    1. a coherent group of general propositions used as principles of explanation for a class of phenomena: Einstein's theory of relativity.

    2. a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural, in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual fact.

    3. Mathematics. a body of principles, theorems, or the like, belonging to one subject: number theory.

    4. the branch of a science or art that deals with its principles or methods, as distinguished from its practice: music theory.

    5. a particular conception or view of something to be done or of the method of doing it; a system of rules or principles.

    A theory in technical use is a more or less verified or established explanation accounting for known facts or phenomena: the theory of relativity.

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    ev‧o‧lu‧tion

    –noun

    1. any process of formation or growth; development: the evolution of a language; the evolution of the airplane.

    2. a product of such development; something evolved: The exploration of space is the evolution of decades of research.

    3. Biology. change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift.

    4. a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change or development, as in social or economic structure or institutions.

    5. a motion incomplete in itself, but combining with coordinated motions to produce a single action, as in a machine.

    6. a pattern formed by or as if by a series of movements: the evolutions of a figure skater.

    Given that this is such a topic that can really bring out some heated arguements, I will only say this...

    Look around you, in your own lifetime. In your parents, grandparents and your great-grandparents lifetimes. Look to see how things around you have "evolved". If you have a hard time accepting anything but a religious answer to a question like this then please consider this. God made man--then put in place a way for us to continually improve upon ourselves through what we have called evolution. Here is an analogy--someone invented the automobile (not Henry Ford, he simply produced the first mass-produced and affordable cars). From that original concept, it was improved upon time and time again. You can see how far things have come just since then. Thats what evolution is= building upon what is already known (aka: change)...so yes, I'd say the theory of evolution is proven. Just look around you.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    People simply LOVE to raise issues like this, I guess.

    Evolution is a proven fact. It is not true that anything named "theory" is still unproven. Theory of Relativity, for example. Theory is accepted facts, else we scientists call it a Hypothesis, an educated guess.

    And for the last time, the primordial soup experiment is an age-old story. It has long been simulated in vitro. It's called Miller's experiment. Uselessadvice should go thro' it. It has also been proven that from the primordial soup, the earliest forms of organic life forms arose with the hypothesis being that catalytic RNA (ribozymes) was the earliest form of enzymes.

    Source(s): I am a scientist
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  • 1 decade ago

    Oh my...here we go again.

    First, learn the definition of a theory. Second, understand that evolution is the working framework for all Scientists.

    The earth being flat, the earth revolving around the sun are also theories. It's just that contradictory evidence to prove those theories wrong has not been found...the same applies with evolution.

    And uselessadvice is wrong. The conditions of the primordial soup have been recreated. It's called the Miller experiment.

    Source(s): I'm a Scientist
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  • 4 years ago

    i might want a source to truly answer your question, despite the fact that it form of feels as while you're cherry finding out on somewhat. Which learn became it that stated those findings relating to the lizard? Accepting which you have stated a verifiable source, the "assumption" that the lizard's cecal valve developed by genetic mutation relies interior the presupposition that one million. God would not exist using fact technological know-how has no way of proving or disproving stated life. upload: Occam's Razor. 2. Evolutionary theory is in accordance with an know-how of knowledge that has been noted. using fact the sole data we've previously us is that evolution occurs by (a) version to environmental situations or (b) genetic mutation, those are the strategies provided interior the lizard learn. notice, please, that "genetic mutation," is additionally a sort of version to environmental situations if those situations stress the mutation. you're for sure no longer in 9th grade, and function probable executed an outstanding little bit of interpreting. i encourage you to proceed interpreting and, for the destiny, make an effort to quote your components so the debate could be greater fruitful for all in contact. that's what I and different atheists in this board do with the Bible.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It can never be proven in the sense that we cannot know if it really happened 'that way'. However, it is a reasonable theory that tries to cover all the bases.

    The only thing that people seem to overlook about evolution is that it assumes that we came from impersonal and unaware sources (i.e., matter, energy, time and chance) and is unable to account for the existence of our minds and personalities.

    If our minds and awareness are only quantitatively different from impersonal, unaware matter and energy (not qualitatively different) then our minds and understanding equate to impersonal matter and energy, etc., and our conclusion, which was reached by reasoning, is proved invalid.

    Even if mathematics and logic are still valid with nobody there to care, why should logic make any difference to anybody, if there are not really any persons, only collections of atoms that think they are personal beings...?

    In practice, nobody lives this way. The staunchest materialisitc evolutionist, on seeing the demise of a loved one, does not say, "The number of atoms in her body hasn't changed, and that's all she was, so that's all that matters."

    We live according to the feeling that our lives having meaning and value, instead of accepting that we are only ultimately meaningless matter and energy.

    I hope this does not seem picky, but it is an intellectual inconsistency in the theory. The theory of evolution only covers part of the evidence, the purely physical evidence, and there is an alarming tendency for people to overlook the inner evidence of the existence of our minds and personalities (or to assume that they do not matter, which is a logical fallacy.)

    When pressed with points such as these, evolutionary theorists are quick to mention that science only applies to material things, not the abovementioned concepts. However, they are only human, and are all too apt to fail to mention these and other exceptions to their theories, allowing the listener to assume that science covers everything.

    The only people I have heard of in recent years who have consistently lived and acted as though our minds and personalities did not matter were Harris and Kleebold, the Columbine shooters, who lived out the principle of the survival of the fittest and took it upon themselves to destroy the unfit. They wore T-shirts with evolutionary slogans on them to highlight their motives, and specifically targeted Christian students, whom they regarded as unfit to live due to their willful refusal to live out their lives as though evolution were true.

    The ironic thing is that virtually all people condemn such things as immoral, which is a contradiction of the evolutionary theory.

    How can mere matter and energy take a moral stand...?

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  • 1 decade ago

    if evolution was proven, it wouldn't be called a theory.

    The Theory of Evolution or Evolution Theory. So I would have to say that it has not been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No and it never will if it takes millions of years for a change to occur or natural selection , explain the 3 different life cycles of a butterfly and there are species of plants that can only be pollinated by a certain moth and that moth depends on that plant how could this occur through minute changes over millions of years evolutionists religion is evolution Darwin if presented with the facts we know today about DNA and microbes would trash his own theory .

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  • 1 decade ago

    Some concepts of evolution can be proven, but others can't be. Its quite easy to expose bacteria to mutagens and then detect new strains of bacteria emerging. You can also look at all the breeds of dog and realize how much our genes can be manipulated to make us look different.

    However, no-one has been able to recreate the supposed primordial soup that life was supposed to have emerged from. Nor has a single new species ever been created.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yeah, beyond a shadow of a doubt, but not rigorously proven like in well-defined mathematical systems.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. If it weren't proven it would still be a hypothesis

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