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  Evolution is a Fact and a Theory
In the American vernacular, "theory" often means "imperfect fact"--part of a hierarchy of confidence running downhill from fact to theory to hypothesis to guess.
Evolution as a process that has always gone on in the history of the earth can be doubted only by those who are ignorant of the evidence or are resistant to evidence, owing to emotional blocks or to plain bigotry.
The theory of evolution is a body of interconnected statements about natural selection and the other processes that are thought to cause evolution, just as the atomic theory of chemistry and the Newtonian theory of mechanics are bodies of statements that describe causes of chemical and physical phenomena.
www.talkorigins.org /faqs/evolution-fact.html   (2065 words)

  Evolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In biology, evolution is the process by which populations of organisms acquire and pass on novel traits from generation to generation, affecting the overall makeup of the population and even leading to the emergence of new species.
In biology, the theory of universal common descent proposes that all organisms on Earth are descended from a common ancestor or ancestral gene pool.
Darwin's theory, though it succeeded in profoundly shaking scientific opinion regarding the development of life, could not explain the source of variation in traits within a species, and Darwin's proposal of a hereditary mechanism (pangenesis) was not compelling to most biologists.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Theory_of_evolution   (3667 words)

 Theory of Evolution - EvoWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The Theory of Evolution (ToE, TofE or simply Evolution) is usually definied as "a change in allele frequency over time", or "heritable change" [1] (http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/evolution-definition.html), or "lasting change in the mean phenotype of a population that transcends the life of an individual".
Critics of Evolution, many of whom claim to be scientific, attack the theory claiming there is no evidence to support it, while presenting their own pseudoscientific hypotheses, claiming them to be theories, when they are little more than names.
The processes of the theory of evolution are capable of explaining the development of life on earth, by the theory of common descent, and with paleontology we can even find out how life developed, and what the world used to look like.
www.evowiki.org /index.php/Theory_of_Evolution   (2991 words)

 Myths of Origin and the Theory of Evolution.
This will be followed by an argument that the theory of evolution is not scientific at all, but in fact a "myth of origin" with the same general status and providing the same basic cultural functions as the origins myths of so-called primitive peoples.
The modern theory of evolution was born during the nineteenth century, a period particularly disturbed by various political and intellectual movements.
The theory of evolution is therefore not scientific, but a matter of faith, and this despite the fact that it is formulated with "scientific" vocabulary and that many scientists believe it.
www.samizdat.qc.ca /cosmos/origines/myth.htm   (3480 words)

 quantum theory -> Evolution of Quantum Theory on Encyclopedia.com 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
While the theory of relativity was largely the work of one man, Albert Einstein, the quantum theory was developed principally over a period of thirty years through the efforts of many scientists.
Quantum mechanics was combined with the theory of relativity in the formulation of P. Dirac (1928), which, in addition, predicted the existence of antiparticles.
Other developments of the theory include quantum statistics, presented in one form by Einstein and S. Bose (the Bose-Einstein statistics) and in another by Dirac and Enrico Fermi (the Fermi-Dirac statistics); quantum electrodynamics, concerned with interactions between charged particles and electromagnetic fields ; its generalization, quantum field theory ; and quantum electronics.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/section/quantumt_EvolutionofQuantumTheory.asp   (726 words)

 Human evolution theory founded on female sexual selection and neoteny: the origins of left handedness, Lamarckian ...
Human evolution theory founded on female sexual selection and neoteny: the origins of left handedness, Lamarckian theory and the origins of autism.
There is a powerful body of evidence that suggests that Darwin’s third theory, pangenesis, makes way for an understanding of the etiology of neurological disorders in human beings as evidenced in recent discoveries of human hormonal structures and neurological anomalies.
Theory of human evolution utilizing concepts of neoteny and female sexual selection - an etiology of neuropsychological disorders (autism, dyslexia...) - the origin of left handedness.
www.serpentfd.org   (836 words)

 Theory of Evolution
In the West, the theory of evolution continues to be promoted as if it were a proven fact or a secure, testable and tested law — something that no-one in their right minds questions any more.
Another of many difficulties with the theory of evolution is that the theory requires there to exist or have existed in the past transitional forms.
The evolution propaganda promoted in the distinguished media organs of the West, and reputable science journals is a consequence of this ideological requirement.
www.islamanswers.net /unity/evolution.htm   (2514 words)

 WISTAR DESTROYS EVOLUTION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Mathematical doubts about Darwinian theory had been raised; and, at the end of several hours of heated discussion, it was agreed that a meeting be held the next year to more fully air the problems.
The conclusion of the majority was that there is no evidence of evolution, and we have no way of demonstrating that it is occurring now or has ever occurred.
The rapid accumulation of evidence against evolutionary theory had brought a crisis of such proportions that most of those in attendance decided to repudiate a cardinal Darwinian doctrine; they agreed that small changes from generation to generation within a species could never accumulate to produce a new species.
www.pathlights.com /ce_encyclopedia/20hist12.htm   (2323 words)

 Top Evidences Against the Theory of Evolution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Natural selection (the supposed evolution mechanism, along with mutations) is incapable of advancing an organism to a "higher-order".
Many admit to the severe lack of evidence for evolution and that they have accepted their conclusions only because they are unwilling to accept that evolution never occurred.
Many...believe in evolution for the simple reason that they think science has proven it to be a `fact' and, therefore, it must be accepted...
emporium.turnpike.net /C/cs/top.htm   (347 words)

 Early Theories of Evolution: Evidence of Evolution
It is a theory in the same sense as the propositions that the earth is round rather than flat or that our bodies are made of atoms are theories.
For those who have difficulty in accepting evolution because of what they perceive as contradictions with their fundamental religious beliefs, it may be useful to distinguish the ultimate origin of life from its later evolution.
The synthetic theory of evolution will be revisited with more detail in the 6th tutorial of this physical anthropology series.
anthro.palomar.edu /evolve/evolve_3.htm   (2362 words)

 The Talk.Origins Archive: Evolution FAQs
This brief essay presents a definition of evolution that is acceptable to evolutionists.
However, the mechanisms of evolution are less well understood, and it is these mechanisms that are described by several theories of evolution.
Evolution does not proceed from any basic randomness, although genetic changes are not coupled to selection and may be characterised as "random" relative to selection pressures, nor do they anticipate the needs of a species.
www.talkorigins.org /origins/faqs-evolution.html   (1031 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Evolution Works"
The theory of evolution is one of the best-known scientific theories around.
The theory of evolution proposes that life and humans arose through a natural process.
The holes are considered by many to be proof that the theory of evolution should be overthrown.
science.howstuffworks.com /evolution.htm   (230 words)

 Evolutionary Theory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
We see evolution as based on the trial-and-error process of variation and natural selection of systems at all levels of complexity.
Evolution typically leads to greater complexity, although one must be careful how one defines complexity.
We will here not discuss the criticisms stating that there are designs or plans guiding evolution, but focus on a more recent upsurge of people, many of whom are associated with the systems movement, who state that natural selection must be complemented by self-organization in order to explain evolution.
pespmc1.vub.ac.be /EVOLUT.html   (585 words)

 Is the theory of evolution just a theory?
The theory of evolution is much more than just a "theory." The word "theory" in normal usage means a guess or a hunch.
Others, like the existence of evolution, the laws governing electricity, Newton's laws of motion, genetics etc., are supported by so much evidence from such a wide range of sciences that they are very firmly held beliefs.
Some, like the theory of evolution, have been relied upon by generations of physicists, geneticists, cosmologists, biologists, geologists, etc. They are accepted as true facts by essentially all scientists.
www.religioustolerance.org /ev_stat.htm   (1643 words)

 Intelligent Design vs. Evolution
Within scientific circles, the theory of evolution must be true because science has no way to disprove it.
When science assumes that all events have a naturalistic explanation, it also assumes that the theory of evolution is true.
Thus, scientists who do not have faith in the naturalistic axiom are labeled Creationists and their theories about evolution are dismissed as cleverly disguised forms of religion.
www.theory-of-evolution.net   (1314 words)

 Quodlibet Online Journal: The Theory of Evolution Revisited - by Dr. William L. Johnson & Dr. Annabel M. Johnson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Darwin's theory of evolution was one of society's jewels, and Darwin himself emerged as the shining star of an era that did not want God or at least felt God was a distant and remote first cause.
Evolution is viewed as the greatest single unifying principle in all biology (Prosser, 1959).
The theory proposes that life was generated originally from nonliving material, and evolved gradually over billions of years by mindless natural processes.
www.quodlibet.net /johnson-evolution.shtml   (4615 words)

 Science That Backs Up The Bible
Darwin's theory rested on the assumption that in such a case as this the white characteristic was a new character acquired by the young plants which their parents had not possessed.
Far from supporting evolutionary theory, the research of the past seventy years points to only one conclusion: evolution cannot have happened and the Bible is vindicated.
There are fewer forms of the gene present, not more, as the theory of evolution would require (for unless a population gains new genes it could never become more complex).
www.broadcaster.org.uk /section2/transcript/evolution.htm   (4979 words)

 Overcomeproblems.com - Theory of Evolution Disproved
As part of the theory of evolution, Darwin also proposed that each time any organism evolves, every stage must be an immediate advantage to the species because "natural selection" is a mindless process with no idea where it is going, so it cannot plan or conceive an end goal.
In addition, the theory of evolution has been taught as fact in every other branch of knowledge in the world, to the point where you may be laughed at or even refused funding (in the case of scientists) if you do not believe in the theory.
Without the theory of evolution, atheists and agnostics have nothing substantial on which to base things, hence they tend to cling to the theory of evolution, even when presented with facts that show sub-theories like natural selection cannot be.
www.overcomeproblems.com /believe_in_evolution.htm   (3562 words)

 Essay on Evolution
We therefore must question whether their theories were truly unbiased or somewhat partial to what they collectively wanted to believe.
Do people choose to believe in theories such as evolution because they truly feel that it is scientifically correct or are their beliefs somewhat colored by their want to live without restriction and to justify their partaking in actions that religions disapprove of?
Understand that the theory of evolution has not thus far been disproved, we simply argued that it is inadequate as is any scientific theory in explaining all the facts.
www.geocities.com /farshdeit/essay.html   (1209 words)

 "Evolution: Fact and Theory" by Richard E. Lenski, Ph.D.
Evolution, in this context, is both a fact and a theory.
Fossils are especially important evidence for evolution because, with little effort, each of us can use our eyes and minds to observe and interpret the dinosaur and other ancient fossils in public museums.
Hence, evolution is both a theory and a set of established facts that the theory explains.
www.actionbioscience.org /evolution/lenski.html   (2949 words)

 Evolution Theory and Science   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The theory of evolution, formalized by Charles Darwin, is as much theory as is the theory of gravity, or the theory of relativity.
In paleontology, evolution gives workers a powerful way to organize the remains of past life and better understand the one history of life.
The history of thought about evolution in general and paleontological contributions specifically are often useful to the workers of today.
www.ucmp.berkeley.edu /history/evotheory.html   (370 words)

 Darwin's Theory Of Evolution
Darwin's Theory of Evolution is the widely held notion that all life is related and has descended from a common ancestor: the birds and the bananas, the fishes and the flowers -- all related.
While Darwin's Theory of Evolution is a relatively young archetype, the evolutionary worldview itself is as old as antiquity.
Darwin's Theory of Evolution is a theory in crisis in light of the tremendous advances we've made in molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics over the past fifty years.
www.allaboutscience.org /darwins-theory-of-evolution.htm   (764 words)

 Theory of Evolution - Conservapedia
The theory of evolution is a naturalistic theory of the history of life on earth (this refers to the theory of evolution which employs methodological naturalism and is commonly taught in public schools and universities).
Opponents of the theory of evolution assert that evolutionary scientists employ extremely implausible "just so stories" to support their position and have done this since at least the time of Charles Darwin.
Advocates of the theory of evolution have often claimed that those who oppose the theory of evolution don't publish their opposition to the theory of evolution in the appropriate scientific literature (creationist scientists have peer reviewed journals which favor the creationist position).
www.conservapedia.com /Theory_of_evolution   (7696 words)

 The theory of evolution - The Boston Globe - Boston.com - Letters - News
The theory of evolution - The Boston Globe - Boston.com - Letters - News
Using the theory of evolution, how does the editorial writer explain the origin of life on earth?
Evolution is one of the basic premises of the Intelligent Designer.
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/letters/articles/2005/06/07/the_theory_of_evolution   (140 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Evolution : A Theory In Crisis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Some have tried to explain away problems in evolution as owing to the paucity of human imagination, but Denton doesn't merely ask, "How could this have evolved?" e.g., the feather, avian respiration, etc. He argues positively that certain features cannot have evolved, that intermediate forms are not just difficult to imagine, they are impossible.
Denton points out that the theory of evolution by natural selection was not at all a clear winner in his time.
In Evolution: a Theory in Crisis, Denton provides the reader with an overview of the paleontological evidence for evolution, pointing out some of the problems that arise in using fossil evidence.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/091756152X?v=glance   (4900 words)

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