Re: Pasteur and nature of science

From: george murphy (
Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 15:50:37 EST

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    Bill Payne wrote:

    > This is a tautology: scientists who believe in evolution have increased
    > confidence in evolution. By "evolution" we mean life changing from
    > simple to complex via natural process, and I am aware of no observation
    > or experiment that has scientifically demonstrated that ascension.

            In discussing the IDEA website we've noted its misleading definition
    of "Darwinism." Here's a misleading definition of evolution. Evolution is
    "descent with modification" not (as a matter of definition) "life changing
    from simple to complex." The emergence of a new species would not
    necessarily involve any increase in complexity, & might even involve
    simplification. This isn't to deny that the complexity of organisms has
    increased over the past ~3.5 x 10^9 yr, but that's not inherent in the idea
    of evolution.
            This is an obvious point but it shows the confusion that can be
    caused when people feel free to introduce idiosyncratic definitions of terms
    that already have well-established meanings.



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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