I’m at a loss for words after I allow myself to get caught up in discussions with people who haven’t worked hard enough at educating themselves and still insist in trying to spread their lack of knowledge to others. I’m talking about people who argue Intelligent Design is a theory of equivalent substance and science as Evolution. Please stop spreading this nonsense and turn to people with knowledge on the subject.
I’ve had decades of discussions with people on this topic, and I admit, there were significant gaps in my knowledge. I didn’t however stay stagnant and refuse to learn more because I believed something to be a fact or true. Science isn’t a religion, although some people want to portray it as such so they can substitute their own mumbo-jumbo as an alternate truth. That’s an expression we heard the other day in politics. That’s fine if you never want to come up with a comprehensive, factual understanding.
First, if you’re stuck on an idea such as the earth is only a few thousand years old, you probably will never learn how evolution works. Your tenacity to cling to anachronistic, mythical beliefs halt your progression of knowledge. Evolution and speciation don’t occur anywhere near our compressed modern written timeline. That is to say, even if you were born in the Roman era, you will not find animals significantly alter from a simpler to a more complex living animal by the 21st century.
Darwin was influenced by observations made during his youthful voyage as a naturalist on the survey ship, Beagle. Although he’s credited with being the founder of evolutionary theory, his work was only a start and has been significantly superseded, and sometimes corrected through the study of biological science.
Evolution, or changes to a species occur over billions of years, not a few centuries. Lower organisms, such as insects, bacteria, or virus, evolve rapidly. That is why you find bacteria are able to adapt and become quickly resistant to antibiotics. So when you hear people say, humans aren’t descendants from apes or chimpanzees, they are correct. All humans, chimpanzees and apes evolved from a common ancestor millions of years ago. As you will learn through the videos, there are several forms of evidence which show that to be factual.
Don’t be confused with the scientific label referring to evolution as a theory. We have many mathematical theories as well. They are only labeled as such in order to allow free flowing exchange of ideas based on new and relevant discoveries. I studied electrical theory as a younger man, and believe me, call it theory or not, you will still be shocked when you place your fingers on 110 VAC.
A Primer on How Evolution Works
There is variation in traits.
For example, some beetles are green and some are brown. There is color variation in beetles.
There is differential reproduction.
Since the environment can’t support unlimited population growth, not all individuals get to reproduce to their full potential. For example, green beetles tend to get eaten by birds and survive to reproduce less often than brown beetles do.
There is heredity.
The surviving brown beetles have brown baby beetles because this trait has a genetic basis. Heredity of the traits of the beetles who survive.
The more advantageous trait, brown coloration, allows the beetle to have more offspring, therefore it becomes more common in the population. If this process continues, eventually the advantageous trait dominates, all individuals in the population will be brown.
If you have variation, differential reproduction, and heredity, you will have evolution by natural selection as an outcome. It is as simple as that.
The Theory of Evolution Made Easy
What is the Evidence for Evolution?
Origin of Life – How Life Started on Earth
I hope this helps those people who refuse to be held back by dogma or willful ignorance.