Theory of evolution not based on scientific fact

Sept. 24, 2013 at 4:24 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

On Monday's editorial page, an editorial that ran in the Austin American-Statesman was reprinted. It was titled, "Schools should be able to teach facts." The article was telling us that from a scientific point of view, there is no debate about evolution. It is a fact. There is a movie called "Expelled" in which Ben Stein interviews scientists who disagreed with the theory of evolution. They all lost their jobs. There really is a debate. The ones who disagree are mostly silenced. At universities, Creationist scientists used to regularly debate other scientists about evolution. The Creationist scientists won so often that now they have difficulty finding someone willing to debate them. Your article further states that a "theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment."

If the scientific method is based on observation and repeated testing, then how is evolution scientific? The truth is that no one has ever observed evolution. Evolution is not testable. Dr. Gail E. Kennedy, Professor of Anthropology at UCLA states, "Evolution is not testable over time." Evolution supposedly happened millions and billions of years ago. Certainly, species do change over time. However, this is different than saying a kind of animal can change into another kind of animal.

There is no observable evidence of this ever happening. There is evidence, for example, that a bird can change over time, but it is still a bird. There has not been a change of kinds.

Finally, I do agree that schools should be able to teach facts. Evolution is not a scientific fact. It cannot be tested or observed. It is actually a religious belief that must be accepted on the basis of faith.

Dan Laughhunn, Victoria



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