Why do people get so defensive when it comes differing opinion on the subject of the "theory" of evolution? It is a theory, not a fact, not a proof, a theory. There are some serious questions that have been offered by many qualified people in the scientific community as to the validity of Darwins conclusions. Central to his theory is the idea that species evolve from a common ancestor. To date there is no consistent information that can withstand "constant testing for reproducible results and/or scrutiny." Even supporters of the theory have had to rethink or restate a number of the central points. The "Origin of Species" is a misnomer. While modern research in genetics, microbiology, paleontology, etc. has revealed an enormous amount of factual data regarding different species, it has yet to support the key notion of observable mutation between species. Therefore, any conclusion about a common ancestry is questionable at best. I'm not a scientist, and I don't like to play one on the internet, but I will say it is time for us to encourage students to employ the kind of critical thinking that is essential to any scientific endeavor. Whether it be Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Relativity, Cognitive Development, Big Bang, etc. Theories are just theories and all must stand on their own merit and be subject to the kind of scrutiny that some seem all too willing to prohibit.
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