I have a question for my readers.

     As many of you know, I consider “evolution,” and in particular, “universal common descent” to be dogmas that are the subject of indoctrination in schools.  And I am quite aware that many of you disagree with me.  You insist that there is sufficient evidence or even “proof” of evolution.  Yet this evidence keeps falling back on “the scientific community said so.”

     If the scientific community came to accept an unfalsifiable pseudo-science as “valid science,” could you tell, and, if so, how?  What would you expect to be a tell-tale sign?  Obviously, they wouldn’t openly claim to be pursuing a pseudo-science.  Presumably, they wouldn’t even think that was what they were doing.

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3 thoughts on “I have a question for my readers.

  1. Yet this evidence keeps falling back on “the scientific community said so.”
    Ah, no. It’s more like “here are the predictions and the tests which it passed“, and “here are the test results” and “here is the physical evidences” as opposed to “we say so”.

    If the scientific community came to accept an unfalsifiable pseudo-science as “valid science,” could you tell, and, if so, how?
    There would be no test that could be done to disprove it. Any result could still be interpreted as supporting the idea. Whereas fossil vertebrates in the precambrian would pretty much mess up evolutionary theory.

  2.      “There would be no test that could be done to disprove it. Any result could still be interpreted as supporting the idea.”
         This is exactly how I see evolution.
         I’ve been directed to “29+ evidences” before. A brief summary: “Evolution is true because the scientific community says so. Now, believe and shut up.” I’m not impressed. What would impress me is something like “on date X, scientists determined that evolution predicts that action Y will result in observation Z. No prior check of action Y was done before date X. This is a strict prediction of the theory.” No credit is given for “may result in observation Z.” (When they searched for evidence of chromosome fusion, they gave themselves the out that, if they didn’t find it, evolution was still true. Now, they say it was a potential falsifier. But at the time they didn’t take the chance.

  3. I believe I’m the one who referred you to that site before…it has lists of tests and their confirmations, exactly what you’re asking for. Just look under the “Potential Falsification” section for each part.

    You said:
    This is a strict prediction of the theory.” No credit is given for “may result in observation Z.” (When they searched for evidence of chromosome fusion, they gave themselves the out that, if they didn’t find it, evolution was still true
    I’d have to see the quote for that, because I can’t find it.

    I did find things like this:
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    Prediction 5.8: Genetic rates of change

    Rates of genetic change, as measured by nucleotide substitutions, must also be consistent with the rate required from the time allowed in the fossil record and the sequence differences observed between species.
    Confirmation:

    What we must compare are the data from three independent sources: (1) fossil record estimates of the time of divergence of species, (2) nucleotide differences between species, and (3) the observed rates of mutation in modern species. The overall conclusion is that these three are entirely consistent with one another.
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    They talk about the example of human and chimp divergence. That is also talked about more succintly here.

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    There is abundant genetic evidence for the relatedness between humans and other apes:

    Humans have twenty-three chromosome pairs; apes have twenty-four. Twenty-two of the pairs are similar between humans and apes. The remaining two ape chromosomes appear to have joined; they are similar to each half of the remaining human chromosome (chromosome 2; Yunis and Prakash 1982).
    The ends of chromosomes have repetitious telomeric sequences and a distinctive pretelomeric region. Such sequences are found in the middle of human chromosome 2, just as one would expect if two chromosomes joined (IJdo et al. 1991).
    A centromere-like region of human chromosome 2 corresponds with the centromere of the ape chromosome (Avarello et al. 1992).
    Humans and chimpanzees have innumerable sequence similarities, including shared pseudogenes such as genetic material from ERVs (endogenous retroviruses; Taylor 2003; Max 2003).
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