Originally posted by RJHinds
I would disagree because the theory of evolution explans nothing about life. Evolution does not explain anything about where life came from, how it got here, or where it is going. It is nothing better than a fairy tale, like a frog turning into a prince by the kiss of a princess. For example, evolution does not explain the metamorphosis of a caterpiller to ...[text shortened]... f genetics gives the best [b]partial scientific explanation for the different forms of life.[/b]
I'm sure you've had this explained to you many times, and that you just don't care about the
finer distinctions, but the theory of evolution is not a theory on how life once began, but a
theory about how all different forms of life we can see around us today could have evolved
from a single form of life.
It is an explanatory model that has yet to be contradicted by scientific evidence
(observation), but is supported by all the evidence pertaining to it, collected over hundreds
As far as scientific theories goes, the theory of evolution is as solid as they get.
Now, caterpillar to butterfly metamorphosis, you say. I'm not sure what you're getting at.
Evolution is like an umbrella theory housing a whole host of more specific hypothesis and
theories. The metamorphosis process by which a caterpillar turns into a butterfly is very
well understood scientifically. Exactly why certain insects began hatching in a larval state,
is not yet clear, but it's easy to see that this is an evolved trait, when you consider that the
larva has the basic structures for wings, antennas, eyes and so on, and that these simply
continue their development during the metamorohosis stage.
The origin of sex and gender can also be explained by evolutionary processes. There are
still forms of life (both single-celled - like bacteria - and hermaphrodites) that reproduce
without sex (as you would typically think of it). The only difference between a species that
reproduce through sex, and one that doesn't, is that DNA is combined into new
combinatory DNA rather than merely copied. But it wasn't the case that two individuals of
the same species, a species that never before were expressed in different gender forms,
suddenly decided to procreate through the process of copulation. Nothing in evolution
works as suddenly, or magically as all that.
And, finally, the scientific field of genetics support the theory of evolution, so I guess that
means you too will accept it from now on.