A very nice explanation of what a scientific theory is, courtesy of my friend Tom via Facebook.
Somehow, the opponents of fact and truth have done a good job of convincing a large chunk of the public that the Theory of Evolution is not that developed. Or perhaps the scientific community has not done an adequate job of defending their truthseeking because they just view these opponents as crazy (which they are). Either way, I think it’s about time that the scientific community banded together to put an end to irrational challenges to the Theory of Evolution.
It is a WIDELY ACCEPTED theory based on REAL EVIDENCE, both observed and gathered through experimentation. The theory is very mature, in the Thomas Kuhn sense of the word. Evolutionary Biology is similarly a paradigmatic scientific enterprise. As the graphic states above, there is always room for further refinement, but the evidence is so vast and detailed that the theory itself will most likely never be replaced.
THERE IS NO OTHER WAY AROUND THIS FACT. Creationists refuse to accept this because they cannot reconcile the fact that their basis for argument, the “information” they’ve been forcefed through their religious beliefs, can be wrong (and IS wrong in this case).
That’s really the issue here: Religious people destroy the concept of faith by insisting that irrational ideas are actually rational fact. They aren’t. By their own definition, they aren’t. The tales in the Bible/Old Testament/Any other religious text are METAPHORICAL PARABLES, and in NO WAY should be used in place of observable, measurable FACT. It’s disgusting that anyone would even WANT to replace observable, measurable FACT with something that was simply told to them and has been around for a long time. Longevity has nothing to do with truth. Only EVIDENCE does.