reply to post by ararisq
Creationism isn't a theory, it's a story
, based upon nothing but the fanciful imaginations of goat-herders who lived thousands of years
Evolution, on the other hand, is a scientific Theory (Theory in this context means more than just an idea). it is observable, verifiable, provable.
There is reams and reams of evidence to support the science, yet creationists will trot out tired old lines such as:
Originally posted by Conclusion1
There has never been an observable instance of species changing into another species. So no evolution is not observable.
The above quote gives the impression that the creationist would only believe evolution if they actually observed one species change into another,
which betrays a TOTAL
lack of understanding about evolution. It is a gradual change as a result of environmental pressures on populations. You
will not see a bird lay an egg and the offspiring come out as a monkey, as that is not how it works.
I am glad the Education Secretary is quite clear about this. Creationism has it's place in Churches who choose to follow such nonsense, not in
schools where the aim of the game is to educate Children and make them ready for the world. Filling their heads with biblical clap-trap does not have
it's place within a school.
I actually took a stand with my daughter a couple of weeks ago. She is 7 and goes to a CoE school. They follow the curriculum, but they do go to
Church once a week. Being an impressionable little girl, she bought the whole "God made the Earth in 6 days" bollocks, hook, line and sinker.
How did I overcome this? I took her to WH Smiths with a book token she got from school and we got her an enclopedia. All it took as her reading a few
pages on evolution and the big bang and that was it, religious nonsense was washed away. If my 7 year old can understand it, it baffles me why grown
adults can't wrap their heads round it.
It is an extraordinarily simple concept to understand and blows creationism out of the water.
Let me try to explain. In a desert, you have a cactus. Come spring, it gnerates it's seeds and in the process of doing so, a mutation is introduced
into one of it's offspring that enables that offspirng to hold a little bit more water than it's parent.
Other than that, it's essentially the same cactus. Other offspring have mutations that make them hold less water than even their parents. Now, in the
summer, it gets very dry and the offspring that can't hold any water die off first and don't reproduce at all as they don't live long enough, but
the offspring that holds more water thrives.
Come the next year, it spreads it genes by procreating, so even more cactii exist that can hold more water. Yet again, it is dry that Summer and even
the original cactus has trouble surviving, eventually dying off, leaving only the type of cactus that holds more water.
Now, this is a grossly, oversimplified way of describing it, but it shows that evolution is an accumulation of small genetic changes that grow over
time. Eventually, the offspring of the original cactus might develop a mutation that enables longer spines. These come in handy when animals roam and
the ones with shorter spines get eaten, therefore being unable to breed as much as the one with bigger spines. Given enough time and the offspring
many generations later could be fundamentally different to the orignal cactus in our story.