Why is Theory of evolution still a theory?

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  • Why is Theory of evolution still a theory?


Answer #1 | 23/07 2014 12:37
In the Natural Earth Sciences, a scientific theory is an explanation, packaged with predicted results, observations, and supportive evidences. A scientific theory is no weaker than a scientific law. A theory does not become a law if "proven". Indeed, science does not seek to prove, but merely to provide explanations, supported by evidences, observations, etc. The theory of biological evolution by natural selection has not been challenged with any other competing theories that have any support. It has stood for 150 years, and gathered more evidence, undertanding, and support in that time, correlating with our understanding of genetics to become the bedrock of biology.
Answer #2 | 23/07 2014 12:04
irreducible complexity proves that the once proclaimed theory of evolution is only a version of life in the terms of uniformitarianism thinking... it has certain truths in it but the vast majority of the evolution conundrum is basically false. It is a good model for uniformitarianism but is refuted for the same reason..... uniformitariainism is a belief rarely taken seriously because of it's rapidly refutable idea.....long story short no-one can prove what happened a million years ago no matter what they say or do irreducible complexity adds onto that by saying it wasn't millions of years ago and irreducible complexity is a proven scientific FACT!
Answer #3 | 23/07 2014 12:03
A Theory in science, isn't the same as a theory in day-2-day life. It's basically the described explanation of scientific-findings, so it's a description of fact. You're focusing on the wrong thing though, Evolution can't prove the amount of change needed for adaptation, to break into evolution(morphing, species development, and so on). So where you're right to question Evolution, the theory part isn't their weak-spot. The actual science behind it is. 80% of Evolution is true, there's just 1 problem, that threshold where it become evolution, instead of adaptation. When you recreate the big-bang, you don't see a singular-development(which Evolution asserts, that it developed refined in phases), you see a diverse-development, everything starts growing at once, it adapts, but breaking that fundamental-wall of evolving doesn't actually happen.
Answer #4 | 23/07 2014 11:46
theoretically are we still evolving and have no way of stepping outside to view this happening. spesiation is to satisfy a niche in nature, so it may examine itself and its curiosities.
Answer #5 | 23/07 2014 16:05
In science a Theory is the highest level that things reach, higher than a scientific law. Theories are explanations of verified facts.
Answer #6 | 23/07 2014 15:47
Everything in science (including all of the facts) belong to one theory or another - it's all subject to revision as we learn more.
Answer #7 | 23/07 2014 19:21
"Theory" has two uses in English, and unfortunately people will deliberately conflate the two in order to create confusion and manufacture controversy where none exists. The first use of "theory" is the one you are thinking of which is the common day to day use where "theory" means "speculation" or "a guess". There is however a second formal scientific use which means "explanation". Theories are well tested logical frameworks that explain the available data and make testable predictions which render them falsifiable. A theory in science is the highest status an idea can achieve, because theories explain facts. Atoms are a theory. There are billions and billions of facts in chemistry and none of them tell you much of anything unless you understand atomic THEORY. Theories provide the framework which puts data in context, and ideas only ascend the the mantle of "theory" once they are so well verified that we can be pretty confident its true. Atoms are a theory, germs causing disease is also a theory, cell biology is a theory, gravity is a theory, and so is evolution.
Answer #8 | 24/07 2014 18:06
Same reason gravity is.

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