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Evolution, or no Evolution?

Are you a believer of evolution? If so why?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Well, I'm 13 and have no choice in religion or what to believe so basically I am forced to believe the religious or 'creationism' theory but I have a more scientific mind and if it were up to me I think I would go with evolution. I just find it hard to believe that we just appeared out of nowhere, it doesn't make sense to me.

    The theory of evolution is backed up with solid scientific evidence whereas the creationism idea has no evidence whatsoever. Only stories passed down the generations which almost certainly have changed over the years. When I try to put myself in someone else's shoes, someone who believes evolution is wrong, I can't seem to bring myself to believe that there is an other worldly presence, that created us all. If there is such a thing then why is it that now, there is absolutely no sign of it?

    The ideas behind evolution are just so much more logical to me than creationism, which could almost be magic in my eyes. evolution seems to be a perfectly valid explanation and therefore I see no need to believe in surreal, even supernatural happenings that began humanity.

    Just to clarify, I don't mean any disrespect to people who don't believe in evolution. My choice is personal and I understand that some people won't agree with me which is fine :D

    Source(s): I know I'm only 13 but my opinion...
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Evolution. Discuss later.

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    9 years ago

    The Theory of Evolution has overwhelming and conclusive evidence. There are at least eleven areas of study and empirical data supporting the Theory of Evolution. They are:

    * Paleontology (fossils)

    * Genetics

    * Distribution of Animals and Plants

    * Comparative Anatomy

    * Embryology

    * Vestigial Organs

    * Natural Selection

    * Sexual Selection

    * Molecular Biology

    * Bad Design

    * Lab Experiments

    The Theory of Evolution is the basic unifying concept of biology. The CEO of The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Alan Leshner, wrote, “Although scientists may debate details of the mechanisms of evolution, there is no argument among scientists as to whether evolution is taking place.” The National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious scientific organization in the United States, has declared evolution “one of the strongest and most useful scientific theories we have,” and notes that evolution is supported by an overwhelming scientific consensus. The Theory of Evolution has as much validity as the theory of gravity, atomic theory, or the germ theory of disease.

    For more evidence, see the first five links. The first link has the evidence that conclusively proves that humans share common ancestry with the chimps, apes, and orangutans.

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  • 9 years ago

    Belief.. belief.. what..

    Do you belief in Gravity?

    What the..

    Seriously better use of words, words have meanings, if both of us use different meanings to the same word it is hard to make things work.

    You don't BELIEF in a scientific theory, a scientific theory is something you can understand that you can research that you can support. It is the Explanation to a Natural Event

    Belief is a word used when talking about faith. "I belief that my friend would never do that" or "Mmm yes I belief I saw a red car" .. this means a judgement and many times without supporting evidence. What if you have a friend that looks all clean and well has a job BUT without you knowing is a gambling addict. You BELIEF that he wouldn't gamble.. but you are not sure are you.

    With scientific theories you have supporting evidence, calculations, predictions that actually happen and very important it is something based upon data. It can adjust to the data.

    Science works by looking at evidence and then finding out what it means. Mmm trails.. that is odd.. would that mean something passed through here leaving trails. That is a very very basic way of scientific thinking.

    Anyhow do I think that Evolution happens, yes.. definitely I do not understand 80% of all what it entails but I read and seen the basics.. and yeah Evolution seems to be pretty much the one way that things happen.

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  • 9 years ago

    You are not a "believer" in evolution any more than you are a "believer" in gravity. They both exist and are well proven. Since fundies can only understand "belief" they use that term for everything regardless of how absurd.

  • 9 years ago

    I merely acknowledge that evolution is a fact.

    We share a COMMON ANCESTOR all other living things if we trace it back far enough. There is masses of proof. Look at all of the fossils, seriously look, don't ignore the evidence. Look at the DNA coding: we are 98.5% genetically similar to chimpanzees. Look at the embryonic observations: gills can be seen on the human embryo. Look at the observed adaptations to the environment through mutation, such as the experiment with lizards, where lizards evolved according to their new environment, and looked entirely different to the ones which were left in their old one. Look at Lenski's experiment with E.coli, and how they evolved to develop resistance to antibiotics and evolved to survive in the lab under different conditions. Look at bacteria: new antibiotics have to be constantly developed because bacteria are evolving to develop RESISTANCE.

    Look at geographical distribution, and how plate tectonics has explained the distribution of animals. There is too much evidence to even explain all of it.

    Source(s): Common sense and fact.
  • 9 years ago

    It's a simple and undeniable fact - anything that self reproduces undergoes natural selection because variation is guaranteed, and some variations are more likely to survive than others.

    @ DREAMSTUFF ENTIT

    Good list, but you forgot "if evolution WAS false, it would be VERY easy to falsify."

  • 9 years ago

    I don't "believe in" evolution. Science is to be understood and accepted (or challenged), not "believed in". Do you "believe in" gravity?

    * Evolution is very much a fact.

    * The theory of evolution is a theory - just like atomic theory, gravity theory, and the germ theory of disease. The word "theory" has a very specific meaning in a scientific context: THE THEORY EXPLAINS THE FACTS. See http://www.notjustatheory.com/

    * Creationism is not a theory; it's an assertion with zero evidence to support it.

    * Over 99.8% of biologists and geologists accept evolution.

    * There are no alternative scientific theories.

    * There is a huge amount of evidence in support of evolution...

    * And zero evidence against it.

    * The "debate" is actually educated people trying to educate others.

    * The "debate" only happens in backward places like Turkey and parts of the united states.

    * There are two types of creationists: professionals who make money from books, lectures and such, and knowingly make false claims - and followers who accept those claims without understanding them.

    * The basics of evolution: http://evolution.berkeley.edu/

    * Examples of ridiculous creationist anti-science: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=AC34813058...

    * Examples of creationist quote mining (like quoting part of a scientists' sentence to make it sound like he's saying something completely different): http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/quotes/mine/projec...

    * Scientific American's 15 answers to creationist nonsense: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=15-answers-to-...

    * The evolutionary tree: http://www.dhushara.com/book/evol/trevol.jpg

    * Hominid species: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/species.html

    * Transitional fossils: http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CC/CC200.html

    * A comprehensive list of evolution resources: http://sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com/list-o-lin...

  • 9 years ago

    Evolution is an attempt to explain created things.

  • 9 years ago

    My scientific training prevents me from accepting Evolution. As I've often said, I remember when everybody in the Evolution world was a gradualist. Then along comes Stephen Jay Gould and mocks the unscientific premise of all that, and does it so thoroughly that now I know not one Gradualist.

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    "The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design…has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution." "…The fossil record with its abrupt transitions offers no support for gradual change.”

    "The overwhelming prevalence of stasis became an embarrassing feature of the fossil record." "…Most species exhibit no directional change during their tenure on earth…In any local area, a species does not arise gradually by the steady transformation of its ancestors, it appears all at once and fully formed.”

    "The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not the evidence of fossils."

    So how come I was mocked when I saw those stupid pictures in school like this one :

    http://www.6000years.org/graphics/evolution-of-man...

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