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I would like to have a discussion debate about evolution, without making it a battle such as '''"Religion Vs. Science"'''. I'd like the format of this debate to be more logical and less emotional. After all isn't that what we proud ourselves with being as humans, '''''inteligent & rational beings'''''? So let us be it! Let's look at evolution from a logical, rational & scientific view point. Let's be critical and demand observable and indisputable proof in order to substantiate our ideas. I would like to have a discussion debate about evolution, without making it a battle such as '''"Religion Vs. Science"'''. I'd like the format of this debate to be more logical and less emotional. After all isn't that what we proud ourselves with being as humans, '''''inteligent & rational beings'''''? So let us be it! Let's look at evolution from a logical, rational & scientific view point. Let's be critical and demand observable and indisputable proof in order to substantiate our ideas.
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-I used to believe in the idea of Evolution. It is what I had been taught in school ever since I was a little child. I was told about billions of years etc. It was all repeated in textbooks and I had exams on it. I had to learn about the Jurasic era & the Cambrian era etc. On TV we are being told about it almost every day. So yes, I believed in it, without ever having asked my.self the question why!!! Then one day I did ask that question and I found very little if any indisputable proof at all.  
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-I found lies, manipulation, "scientists" looking to have their name written in the text books for years to come. I also find a unwillingness to permit the existence of an "intelligent creator" or a God ( call it what you like ). But this is not the point, the point is it seems like there is an "agenda" behind the evolution idea. It seems to be dishonest and it seems to lack any real support. 
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-I will leave it to this at the moment and develop this more at a later time if there is any interest. 
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Is evolution fact or fiction?

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I would like to have a discussion debate about evolution, without making it a battle such as "Religion Vs. Science". I'd like the format of this debate to be more logical and less emotional. After all isn't that what we proud ourselves with being as humans, inteligent & rational beings? So let us be it! Let's look at evolution from a logical, rational & scientific view point. Let's be critical and demand observable and indisputable proof in order to substantiate our ideas.

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  • "No real proof at all regarding the age of the universe" appears to be a point to tie in the inception of the universe with evolution. These two scientific inquiries are only marginally related. For example, The Big Bang, and whether it is true or not has nothing to do with the validity of evolution. If we'd like to discuss that issue it should be in another debate. I'd suggest Debate: Big Bang
  • "No real proof of an animal ever changing into a different kind of animal." - There are hundreds of "transitional fossils", here is a list. Exactly how many fossils does someone need to find that are "transitional" before this is acceptable? If you don't want to look through the long list I point to the VERY notable example of dinosaurs to birds.
  • "In fact, we know of hundreds if not thousands of species that have become extinct during recorded history, but how many animals do we know of, that have evolved during the same period?" - The length of time that life has existed on earth is VERY VERY much more then the length of time there has been recorded history. Compare about ~3,500,000,000 to ~10,000. They are VERY different things. BUT if you need something an easy example is plant polyploidy. There has also been speciation (or, in other words, "evolution") in fruit flies in a controlled experimental setting.
  • You have to define "major variation", and if you mean speciation, it's because it takes MANY generations. The fact is that cats+dogs+mice+cows simply have too long of a gestation and life-span for us to have watched them evolve in a controlled setting. We're talking thousands of generations, that is just impossible to do with those particular lifeforms. But as said above, it has been done in other lifeforms with much shorter lifespans.
  • "Geologic column is just impossible to explain. Why is it the layers in for example Grand Canyon, are virtually flat! Was there no erosion for millions and millions and millions of years?" - taking 10 seconds and one picture I see that it's not really that flat at all: [1]. In terms of the grand canyon, obviously there has been erosion, it's well accepted that the canyon itself was formed by the erosion due to the Colorado River.

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Just shortly I wil list a few things: No real proof at all regarding the age of the universe. No real proof of an animal ever changing into a different kind of animal. In fact, we know of hundreds if not thousands of species that have become extinct during recorded history, but how many animals do we know of, that have evolved during the same period? We have been doing tests on mice and rabbits and whatever have you. We have been breading cats & dogs & cows etc, but what we see as end product is still mice and rabbits and cats and dogs and cows etc. Why is it we have not observed a single major variation? Geologic column is just impossible to explain. Why is it the layers in for example Grand Canyon, are virtually flat! Was there no erosion for millions and millions and millions of years?


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