Is there enough evidence for the theory of evolution for it to be accepted as fact?

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Chem_tutor... there's no need to insult me. If we don't ask questions, how will we learn? And just because people are uneducated, doesn't mean that have no worth! Perhaps there is something wrong with a education system that doesn't give basic scientific training?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Evolution, biologically speaking, actually means one of two things:

    [1] the change in characteristics of populations of organisms over time. This has been observed time and again, and is Fact!

    [2] the "theory of evolution" - more correctly "the theory of evolution by natural selection". This takes the observed evolution and explains how it happens (by selection of advantageous traits), and what the consequences are for the living world (speciation, emergence of new traits like antibiotic resistance in bacteria). This is a theory, so it is not fact (no scientific theory ever is), but it *is* widely accepted, and has much evidence to support it.

  • 1 decade ago

    In many fields of science, a Theory is as close to a fact as you can get. A scientific theory isn't a guess, or an idea that seems to fit the evidence. Those would be Hypotheses. A Theory has been proven via evidence and experiment.

    Evolution is one of the best supported theories in science. It has had the scientific screws put to it for around 150 years and not only held up, but gotten stronger. Actually, it is the Theory of Evolution through adaptation via natural selection that we're talking about here. We know evolution takes place. Natural selection is our very best tool for understanding this natural process and yes, it is very solidly based. There's no controversy among biologists about its validity. To believe otherwise is to have fallen victim to religious apologist propoganda.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In its broadest sense, Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is indisputably true, a fact! There is strong comparative anatomical evidence, and stronger molecular paleontological evidence. Despite the claims of the mindless creationist sheople, there are thousands of "intermediate forms," and ID proponents fail in their efforts to persuade because their argument from "irreducible complexity" is at least as old as William Paley and the Bridgewater treatises, and every such argument is easily refuted by an individual with even a modicum of scientific training. The problem is that few do have that scientific training, so they are susceptible to any fad that comes along, needing sometimes to sound out the public forum by asking naive questions on Yahoo! Answers, for example. Yes, yes, yes! Once and for all, evolution is a fact, and the only ones who have any trouble seeing it would better serve humanity if they had udders and stood grazing in a field.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the process of evolution is a fact.

    in science, scientific theories are never proven. that's the nature of science and its terminology. the theory of evolution will never be proven. never will the theory of gravity, yet no one disputes gravity as a fact. the same about the sun at the center of the solar system. that's a fact. the heliocentric theory of the solar system is not, and never will be, proven.

    evolution occurs... that's a fact. there is irrefutable evidence. but in science we like to be modest and say our theories are never proven. only in math are things proven.

    just to remind you a theory is NOT a hypothesis or a guess.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is well proven that evolution has created the creatures present in the world today. But one can easily conclude that evolution is a method and not an origin, not a first cause.

    We all tend to believe what we want to believe or need to believe ----nothing wrong with that if it does no harm.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Go here, purple giraffe, and learn then.

    http://www.talkorigins.org/

    http://www.aboutdarwin.com/

    Evolution, the change in allele frequency in a population over time, is a fact. The theory of evolution by natural selection explains this fact.

    Theories, outrank by a great deal, mere facts.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. While there is overwhelming amount of evidence to show that change over time has occured, evolution is still only a theory. Theories can not be proven because there is no way to actually know if it happened; we werent there so we dont know for sure. There is also overwhelming evidence for Creation.

  • 1 decade ago

    Natural selection is a fact. You can draw your conclusions about evolution from there, but the process of natural selection is an indisputable fact of nature.

  • 1 decade ago

    There are facts but truth can not be established.

    Just like failure experiments, you are just hanging with facts without conclusive statement.

    There is only one way to prove evolution: through an experiment that we can initiate life on a mixture of chemicals.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes. There is considerable evidence, and evolution is treated as fact.

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