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-Is Evolution Really Science?

by Dr. D ~ July 9th, 2011

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Is Evolution Really Science?

Here’s a good article by Fred Reed that essentially asks the question whether evolution is really good science or whether it has some metaphysical characteristics:

THE METAPHYSICS OF EVOLUTION

Here’s a teaser quote from the article:

What Distinguishes Evolution from Other Science?

Early on, I noticed three things about evolution that differentiated it from other sciences (or, I could almost say, from science). First, plausibility was accepted as being equivalent to evidence. (And of course the less you know, the greater the number of things that are plausible, because there are fewer facts to get in the way.) Again and again evolutionists assumed that suggesting how something might have happened was equivalent to establishing how it had happened. Asking them for evidence usually aroused annoyance and sometimes, if persisted in, hostility.

As an example, it seems plausible to evolutionists that life arose by chemical misadventure. By this they mean (I think) that they cannot imagine how else it might have come about. (Neither can I. Does one accept a poor explanation because unable to think of a good one?) This accidental-life theory, being somewhat plausible, is therefore accepted without the usual standards of science, such as reproducibility or rigorous demonstration of mathematical feasibility. Putting it otherwise, evolutionists are too attached to their ideas to be able to question them.

Consequently, discussion often turns to vague and murky assertion.

Read the rest. At the end he gives a link to his more complete article on the subject along with notes.             *Top

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