The most effective lies are those that are based on a partial truth. The package of beliefs, notions, theories and hypotheses that are known as “Evolution” are no exception! All of “evolution” is not true. At the very least, a fair-minded individual would have to admit that most of it cannot be proven by the scientific method. But, all the same, I cringe when someone says that “evolution” is a total lie, because people hear that, see the part of evolution that makes sense and discounts anything said after that about “evolution” being false.
We are familiar with the part of evolution that says we evolved from a one celled organism into homo sapiens mankind. Most would agree that there is no proof for this. There is a missing link showing the transition, which is to say where is the proof? You can see many species of animals for instance and geneticists say surely one evolved from the other, but where is the in between creature? Extinct, they say! Isn’t it suspicious (and against the scientific method) that in all these cases, all the “in-between” links went extinct? The former version survived, even though it was disadvantaged and “replaced” with a more fit version…and the ultimate version survived in all its evolutionary splendor! But the very link in between, that could prove trans-specie natural selection is missing. It did not survive….every single time! How can anyone dedicated to the scientific method of discovery ever believe that bunk?
The part of “evolution known as “natural selection” (perhaps better known as survival of the fittest) is absolutely true, to a point. We see it in action around us. Mankind has not been protective of some species, and they have gone extinct. At the top of the food chain, we should have done better. But my point is, if you say natural selection is a lie, by lumping it together under the general title of “evolution”, then you are simply mistaken, despite your good intentions, and no one hears anything else you have to offer. Your lie has discredited you.
Of all the people debating this issue, less than half are truly well-informed on all the aspects. It takes study! You cannot just take one part you do not agree with and proclaim evolution to be bunk, any more than your opponent can take one part they believe in and fill in the blanks to say all of evolution is true.
A lot has been said about “faith” and how it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it takes to believe in the Biblical account of creation. If both sides tried better to understand the topics, the answer would be obvious. Facts and conclusions based upon the scientific method are seen on both sides. Faith-based conclusions are present on both sides. This controversy may go on until the end of time. But we must be careful to know both sides of an issue before we make strong dogmatic statements.
I assume this post will draw some comments. Let’s keep them on point and avoid name-calling, pigeon-holing, stereotyping, etc. Let’s be respectful of one another, otherwise how can anyone learn?