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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 9 years ago

does the theory of evolution describe how life began or where the universe came from?

does the theory of evolution describe how life started from non-life? does it also describe how the earth and the rest of the universe was formed? does the theory of evolution rest on the accuracy of carbon dating? does the theory of evolution state life just popped out of thin air? this is just a quick survey on what people think the theory of evolution actually states.

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  • 9 years ago
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    "Does the theory of evolution describe how life began or where the universe came from?"

    Nope, doesn't touch on the subject.

    "does the theory of evolution describe how life started from non-life?"

    Nope, that would be Abiogenesis.

    "does it also describe how the earth and the rest of the universe was formed?"

    Nope, that would be the Big Bang Theory.

    "does the theory of evolution rest on the accuracy of carbon dating?"

    Nope, it's just one piece, and not a very large one.

    "does the theory of evolution state life just popped out of thin air?"

    Nope, that's Creationism

  • Judith
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    @ Skeptikitten You totally miss the point. The point is, there is NO MECHANISM whereby an amoeba will eventually over time create a human descendant. NOBODY is arguing that natural selection or speciation or mutations dont occur. The argument is that ALL BIOLOGICAL CHANGES WITHOUT EXCEPTION tend to dilute the genome, leading to increased specialisation, leading to decreased potential to survive further change. Now you can define that as "Evolution" but there is no way a bacteria or amoeba is going to be anything more than a bacteria or amoeba. Because natural selection still works by CULLING the population, DESELECTING those genes not fit for the environment. You on the other hand are saying ah ha! The bacteria is changing! Thats proof for common ancestry! And it just doesn't cut it. And its the fact that your response is typical of "those who should know", that reinforces my creationist position. If the smart people with a vested interest in the idea of evolution can't demonstrate even its logic, let alone the science, AFTER 150 YEARS - then that good enough for me to conclude that Evolution is not a theory but rather a self reinforcing cultural paradigm thats stuck because it creates the illusion that God is unnecessary.

  • 9 years ago

    Of course it doesn't speak to the origin of life or the origin of the universe.

    The theory of evolution is about the evolution of species. If we had fossil records of all the species that ever existed we probably could figure out the origin of living creatures but we don't so we can't.

    The fact that it doesn't speak to the origin is exactly why a person can believe in a god that created life and evolution at the same time. The two are not mutually exclusive.

  • 9 years ago

    No, the theory of how life began is called abiogenesis and the theory of how the universe began is called the big bang and science never claimed life just popped out of thin air. Evolution explains the diversity of life, not how it began.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes. When coupled with the Big Bang and String Theory, the whole is pretty much explained.

    Have you not done any study on it?

    If you understood the first thing about evolution, you would understand that nothing just "pops" spontaneously, nor does it happen "suddenly".

  • 9 years ago

    No, it doesn't. The theory of evolution merely describes how life has adapted over the years.

  • Corey
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    No, evolution describes the diversity of life, the distribution of traits among the species, not origin of life.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    1: No

    2: No

    3: No

    4: No

    Evolution is genetic mutation being passed down to the mutant's children. Good mutations usually get the creature to the point where it can mate.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Nope. All it talks about is the graduel change over time of life.

  • punch
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    No, no and no. I would say by the number of fundies not answering, that they know this is so but just can't let go of it for a trolls sake.

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