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#61 BubbleBoy

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 12:06 PM

The writings of my former Harvard professor, Stephen Jay Gould, are a good source for information on evolutionary theory written for the lay person.


Thanks, I'll check this out too.
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Posted 10 July 2007 - 12:32 PM

I agree. The fence between those two camps is too high, and if you try to straddle it you can get hurt really bad falling either way. :thankyou:


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Posted 10 July 2007 - 03:33 PM

Yes, but the term theory would still be applicable. Many people think that the term theory means that the concept is on shakey ground, just and idea, when in fact it is not. Gravity for example is quite well known, and demonstrable, but how we describe it is still a theory. On a side note, gravity does not explain all things that it attempts to predict, hence Relativity, special relativity, and even leaves the door open for new concepts like quantum theory and string theory, though I am sceptical of whether anyone really knows what those are... :cheerleader: A true scientific theory like evolution or gravity is the best possible explanation supported by all the evidence, and can be used to make predictions. The fact that they tend to change to reflect new discoveries is a sign of strength.


Actually, to be a theory, it must be tested. Furthermore, the first time a hypothesis fails the test, that theory is kaput. Because of that, a theory is never final, at least if I am to follow the guidelines of Stephen Hawking, who knows a bit about theories.

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 03:37 PM

Actually, to be a theory, it must be tested. Furthermore, the first time a hypothesis fails the test, that theory is kaput. Because of that, a theory is never final, at least if I am to follow the guidelines of Stephen Hawking, who knows a bit about theories.
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testable, makes predictions, and falsifiable, correct?
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Posted 10 July 2007 - 03:51 PM

testable, makes predictions, and falsifiable, correct?


Of course...testing was just one aspect.

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