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  1. Adam says:

    #19 I believe is referencing the so-called “Dissent from Darwinism” published by the Discovery Institute. The “Dissent” in question reads something along the lines of, “We believe natural selection is not the only driving force of evolution, and that the evidence for evolution needs to be carefully considered”. Any scientist would agree with such a statement, which is why it was such a backhanded move because it’s used as “evidence” that evolutionary theory is not widely accepted.

    It took “Dissent” several years to get 700 signatories, while “Project Steve” raced past 700 signatories in only a matter of days.

    1. Dan Englund says:

      Actually the statement says that they believe random mutation and natural selection are insufficient to account for the diversity of life. I think that most evolution scientists agree with that but didn’t sign it. They are now looking at the neutral theory of evolution.

  2. Reverend Jim says:

    11. Camels originated in the present day the United States and only later spread to Asia and North Africa.

    I was under the impression that camels had been around for quite a long time.

  3. mijk says:

    #31 And that’s why we don’t hear about Ben Stein anymore.

  4. fritoz says:

    #16

    So Galileo was actually invited to tea and crumpets with the inquisition eh? NOT persecuted and forced to recant his hypothesis about the earth being round?

    Never trust “facts” whose sole source is Wikipedia

    1. Brian says:

      Umm, Galileo was persecuted because of his views on the Earth’s orbit (though it was also largely due to him being an a**) not on if the Earth was round or not.

  5. Caleb says:

    I don’t understand why disagreeing with a theory is such a big deal. It’s a THEORY! Until time travel is invented and we can go back and watch what happened with our own eyes whatever fanciful guesses we make about how life became what it is today will remain fanciful guesses. 6 million or more smart scientists all agreeing with each other does not make a theory evolve into truth

    1. Adam says:

      A scientific theory is not just a hunch or a guess. It’s one of the great failings of terminology that a “theory” can mean two very different, very distinct things. A layman’s theory is more akin to a scientific hypothesis, and a scientific hypothesis is really only a small part of a scientific theory.
      Still with me? By this point you need to understand why a scientific theory is distinct from a layman’s theory.
      A scientific theory is a collection of explanations for some aspect of the natural world. It involves a great deal of time and effort, a great deal of tested hypotheses which were either validated or failed, a great deal of research. Evolution is a fact. It’s a fact that animals and plants and everything else have changed over time, that there were organisms in the past which aren’t alive now; and there are organisms alive now which weren’t in the past. Evolutionary theory is the collection of explanations for how and why that change has happened, what factors and conditions cause it and drive it forward.
      A theory is not a fact; it is an explanation about that fact. In much the same way, a biography is not a person, but the two are inextricably linked.
      The things you say are “fanciful guesses” are very well researched explanations which account for all known facts and are invalidated by none.

    2. BOBBDOBBS says:

      but if we went with time travel to learn someone would remember to put that sh*t in the books right?

  6. Dan says:

    @fritoz. Galileo was tried for his support of the heliocentric theory, not because the Church thought the Earth was flat

    1. fritoz says:

      good call, Dan!! thank you

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