I am sure that if we knew all the science there is to be known, evolutionary
theory would still have no ability to make forward in time predictions. First
and foremost the complexity of the problem is cosmological in magnitude.
Secondly, even knowing precisely all the basic laws of science, the derivation
of complex system out of the basic science would still be intractable. The
fundamental problem of a purely scientific approach to the origin of living
things is beyond human imagination. Even the simplest facts in physis---for
instance, the numerical value of the fine-structure constant---are extremely
difficult to solve and one has not hint of how to even approach it. How much
more difficult are the problems posed by the existence of life and its
historical development. Of course, it may be that the latter is not even a
scientific question but a purely historical one. Moorad
>===== Original Message From george murphy <firstname.lastname@example.org> =====
>"Moorad Alexanian" wrote:
>> The prototype of historical science is forensic science. One makes
>> and views the existing data to confirm the assumptions. But one ought not
>> confuse the assumptions with the conclusions----evolutionary theory assumes
>> something and cannot conclude unambiguously that the assumption is a fact.
>> predictions are backward in time, whereas in an experimental science like
>> physics, the predictions are mostly forward in time. Moorad
> You've left yourself an out with the qualification "mostly" in your
>sentence. In fact, as I noted earlier this a.m., there is no reason in
>to favor "predictions" (or "novel facts") dealing with events in the future
>those in the past. The reason that predictions of evolutionary theories are
>usually about past phenomena isn't far to seek: That's when virtually all
>evolution accessible to our observations occurs. Even if we could make a
>prediction for what would happen 100 years in the future & have the patience
>wait for it, that would only be a few generations for many species & would
>constitute less than a 10^-7 of the history of life on earth.
>George L. Murphy
>"The Science-Theology Interface"
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