Do the anti-evolution people purposefully ignore what the term "Theory" means in science?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Willful ignorance. They choose to let the clergy define the word for them rather than learn for themselves what it truly means.
- 1 decade ago
Good question. There are zealots in every discussion on both sides.
I think the problem I see is that the national media and newspapers both national and local keep saying that they want the term "theory" removed from any mention of evolution.
Humans have been totally certain of everything they've believed in every part of our history.....and then hundreds of years later, we find that we only had a piece of the true puzzle or missed it completely because we were operating within the framework of the knowledge we had at the time.
Who knows?......maybe in 100 years, evolution will be substantiated with the discovery of a transition species....or maybe it will be found to be a good guess but not right.
You are right....its a theory. Everyone on both sides should acknowledge that and agree to disagree and then live their lives in their own way.
The world would be a better place if more people lived that way.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The following is a copy and paste (excuse that, but if I just provide the link nobody looks it up) from a creationist website which recommends NOT to use this argument. There are still problems with the explanation, but there are at least some creationists telling others what a theory is.
Any creationist who uses this argument clearly reveals that they can't even research their own subject. I wish it would be obligatory reading, so we would be spared some of the dumbest questions.
What arguments are doubtful, hence, inadvisable to use?
“Evolution is just a theory.”
What people usually mean when they say this is “Evolution is not proven fact, so it should not be promoted dogmatically.” Therefore people should say that! The problem with using the word “theory” in this case is that scientists use it to mean a well-substantiated explanation of data. This includes well-known theories such as Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Newton’s Theory of Gravity, as well as lesser-known ones such as the Debye–Hückel Theory of electrolyte solutions. It would be better to say that particles-to-people evolution is an unsubstantiated hypothesis or conjecture.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
some do yes....some just don't understand scientific nomenclature and assume that Theory in science means same as theory in laymans terms.
Some people don't understand that a layman's "conspiracy theory" is not even close to what is meant by the "Theory of Relativity" in science circles.
tigris> well spoken but I must point out there is no such thing as "particles to people" or "molecules to man" Evolution. Evolution has **nothing nothing nothing* to do with origin of life, origin of Earth or origin of universe. It is a Theory about how life has adapted to fill ecological niches by descent with modification...that is all. The "particles to people" argument is a horrendous smear that tried to lump Abiogenesis, a totally seperate topic, with that of Evolution. It is akin to saying you do not believe in Fuel Injection motors because we do not know specifically who, how, when and out of what the very 1st wheel was made.
Andrew> According to American Heritage Dictionary theory is 1) "A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena, especially one that has been repeatedly tested or is widely accepted and can be used to make predictions about natural phenomena." and 2) "Abstract reasoning; speculation". 1 is the science technical term and 2 is the layman's non-technical term.
Steven S> I have never heard anyone, ever, in any way suggest we remove the term "Theory" from it. It is just that many people argue over scientific issues and DO NOT USE THE PROPER TERMINOLOGY. Some people don't care and some don't understand Theory in science does not mean a guess like it does in everyday normal discourse.
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- 1 decade ago
The definition of a "theory" as it relates to scientific reasoning is misunderstood not just by anti-evolution groups, but others groups as well, particularly those groups who support pseudo-science. In most instances, they equate the concept of "theory" with that of "hypothesis" and therefore take the misguided step of accepting something without any hard evidence to back it up. Or, another mistake made is drawing a conclusion before obtaining the evidence; instead, supposed "evidence" is gathered and fitted in the conclusion as deemed necessary to make the point supposedly valid.
- MIKE YANTREELv 61 decade ago
Like AGW it is no longer theory to the true believers. Evolution is a fact is the CONSTANT refrain, though it is a unsupported theory. ......... Re-read question and says Ooops.
I thought you said evolution people that ignore Theory and make it a fact and downgrade any that would scientifically challenge the said theory with things like data, facts and investigation. Yes, the creationists REALIZE that evolution is a theory and not a fact. That is called holding another point of view. Do you honestly think that the anti-evolution people are the ones that change the word theory to fact? Or is "it's only a theory" an excuse for not being able to show its flaws?
The anti-evolution crowd would downgrade it to a failed hypothesis or a gigantic hoax. So perhaps a problem with the meaning of "theory" is there, indeed.
- WendyLv 44 years ago
I would say there is a core of people who know they are flat out lying and believe it is ok to kill, torture, steal, cheat, and lie to get their views taken seriously (as seen by the answersingenesis website which gives info like the Theory of Evolution is to blame for communism, Holocaust, acne and black holes). The rest just get their misinformation from these trolls and assume it is correct because they are ignorant of true facts
- VishalLv 61 decade ago
I agree with athene. Some creationists just don't know better. Others just lie about it because they know that most people don't know the difference between a scientific theory and the colloquial use of the word theory.
- ZombieTrix 2012Lv 61 decade ago
They must because most wash their hands after wiping to prevent bacteria from causing disease, they never question the theory of gravitation, they like our military prowess enough to not question atomic theory.
Most of them even get their kids vaccinated, but evolution is "just a theory," right?
- 1 decade ago
Well, let's see - Do the anti-creationist people purposefully ignore what the term 'theory' means???
It can be asked of both kinds of people.