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    Why everything you've been told about evolution is wrong
    What if Darwin's theory of natural selection is inaccurate? What if the way you live now affects the life expectancy of your descendants? Evolutionary thinking is having a revolution . . .

    Why everything you've been told about evolution is wrong | Science | The Guardian

    Well well well....

    Just goes to show - Science is full of surprises...

    Gotta admit I have always found Theory of Evolution to be full of missing links...

    Maybe the latest findings will help fill in some of the gaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpa View Post
    Gotta admit I have always found Theory of Evolution to be full of missing links...
    That's why its a theory.

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    I read a book which explained it all, woman is descended from man's rib and dinosaurs never existed. We've been on the planet as we are from the first week of the earth.

    It is all laid out in this great science book written long ago. We were taught it in school.

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    I think Darwin is in the right ballpark. Like most science it will be adjusted for various errors over the centuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toughbutfair View Post
    It is all laid out in this great science book written long ago. We were taught it in school.
    You write really well for someone who left school after High Babies

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    Quote Originally Posted by toughbutfair View Post
    I read a book which explained it all, woman is descended from man's rib and dinosaurs never existed. We've been on the planet as we are from the first week of the earth.

    It is all laid out in this great science book written long ago. We were taught it in school.
    Which book was that me ol flower...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat View Post
    That's why its a theory.
    I think you've misunderstood what scientists mean by the word 'theory'. It doesn't mean 'an educated guess' or such like.

    If you observe a pattern of behaviour or phenomena (e.g. dropped balls fall to the ground, life forms show variation over generations, etc), you can describe that consistent set of facts as a 'law' if you can show it happens generally.

    You can make a guess as to why that law is the way it is. If you can think of a test that will support your reasoning by demonstrating something not yet observed, you've got a hypothesis. You can test that hypothesis by experiment or observation (i.e. to see if it turns up the observation you predicted).

    That gives you a hypothesis that's supported by data. A few different ones that also support your explanation lets you upgrade your explanation to a theory.

    The point is that you can't call it a theory unless it makes specific predictions that are supported by observational data.

    Newton only managed to come up with laws of gravity. Einstein's theory of general relativity is the generally accepted explanation of why Newton's laws say what they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat View Post
    You write really well for someone who left school after High Babies
    Thanks. Me self learned.

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    Stupid article title.

    Most people know next to nothing about the "Theory of Evolution" (or any other scientific matter), what most people have heard is of course likely bunkum. Most people know little than that we are descended from apes.
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    Good linky thanks Cat.
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