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Comment 29 by matthew_1 :

There seems to be a misunderstanding of science on all sides here. Science is about creating theories that fit facts, not about 'belief'. The theory of evolution appears to be consistent with observations made in genetics, and from fossils.

However, being science means that one has to accept that a new and different theory could be proposed that fits these observations even better (cf. Karl Popper).

Once you raise evolution to a 'belief' that cannot be argued against you are making a religion out of it. Science doesn't give you truth, it provides models that explain, and hopefully predict, the world. Neither Newtonian or relativistic physics are 'true' in the sense normally used when one believes in something, but they have been pretty good at explaining a lot of behaivours (but not all). Evolution is no different from that.

So you are saying the law of gravity is a religion....interesting.

Comment 36 by matthew_1 :

then the statement by Gov Perry quoted in the article

On the same day, campaigning in New Hampshire, Texas Gov. Rick Perry described evolution as "a theory that's out there" and one that's "got some gaps in it."

is an accurate statement, from a scientific point of view. It is definitely "out there" in the sense that it is well known. And, as with all theories, there are "gaps". He doesn't propose an alternative theory, at least none is quoted in the article.

On the other hand, Huntsman and Wilson "believe" in evolution as if it a religion. It would seem that Perry has made the more rational statement, which is contrary to the sentiment of the article.

It is accurate, but at the same obviously misleading. It insinuates that there are more than one theory out there...of course there is not.

And any new information gathered would just be added onto the current theory of evolution....The theory of evolution has so much backing that is damn near law status at this point. You also seem to be insinuating that we will some day throw it out and start with a new theory. That is obviously not gonna happen!

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 00:32:33 UTC | #863942