To: Raoul Newton Apr3094 17:53:10 Subject: stuff RN BK~ Sure! Make an erroneous assertatio

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From: Brian Kolacy To: Raoul Newton Apr-30-94 17:53:10 Subject: stuff RN> BK~> Sure! Make an erroneous assertation reagrding evolution RN> BK~> first, and I will attempt to refute it:) RN> How can i make an erroneous statement about a piece of RN>fiction that changes every time another speaks ? Yeah, that's a good one. Admittedly I was looking for something more specific, but your assertion that evolution is fiction will do just fine. Consider what Stephen J. Gould, a professor at Harvard who teaches geology, biology and the history of science, has to say about evolution being both a theory and a fact: "Well, evolution is a theory. It is also a fact. And facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world's data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. Facts do not go away while scientists debate rival theories for explaining them. Einsteins's theory of gravitation replaced Newton's, but apples did no suspend themselves in mid-air pending the outcome. And human beings evolved from apelike ancestors whether they did so by Darwin's proposed mechanism or by some other, yet to be discovered. (Gould, 254) Evolution is not, as you say, fiction. Do not let your theology blind you to the realities of nature. You can, if you wish, propose a hypothesis that explains the mechanisms of evolution that is more in keeping with your theology...perhaps it will attain the status of theory someday, for, as Gould says, there may be another mechanism, yet to be discovered. I have yet to see a mechanism that requires a supernatural force that was valid, but I'd like to see your efforts. How much have you read on the subject of evolutionary theory? I would be interested to see a list of your reference material. Who are the people that have influenced you on the subject, and your ideas about the change of evolution? What are their credentials with regards to evolutionary biology? Bibliography Gould, Stephen Jay. 1983. _Hen's Teeth and Horses's Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History_ Cheers! Brian C. Kolacy


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