RE: [asa] American Vision- anti-evolution

From: Jon Tandy <>
Date: Wed Jan 07 2009 - 14:58:06 EST

I would have to ask, is astronomy science? It's not "repeatable" (no one
can make a supernova explode over and over, to observe it multiple times).
It's not "testable" for the same reason (no one can make a solar system, to
see how it responds to certain inputs or conditions). And astronomy is not
"observable" in the same sense as I'm sure the article is saying that
evolution is not observable -- generally no one was there when it happened
(i.e. no one was there when the star was formed, or the supernova occurred,
so all we have are evidences of the event billions of years later).

The "observable" claim is easiest to deal with -- there's plenty of evidence
to observe. The "repeatable" claim is wrong two ways -- assuming a
controlled experiment is necessary for science, and in defining what is
repeatable. In both biology and astronomy, the repeatability is not the
same as in chemistry class, but it comes through large numbers of
observations of similar phenomena, and drawing inferences to explain the
data. Both are testable in the same way -- drawing inferences on the data
leads to creation of hypotheses, which become testable predictions of yet
unknown or unseen features, and further discovery and observation either
confirms or contradicts the hypotheses. The testability also comes in
astronomy with computerized models of simulated conditions, and in biology
there are experimental aspects that can be demonstrated.

These are nonsensical objections, even if one doesn't accept current
evolutionary hypotheses as the correct explanation.

Jon Tandy

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Subject: [asa] American Vision- anti-evolution

I just got this link from an email today:

Excerpt, saying evolution is not science:
RE: Evolution
"And so there the myth is, in large part, right out there in the open for
all to see. And upon what is it based? Faith, and faith alone. Why? Because
it's not repeatable, observable, testable science and therefore it's not
science at all."

I would argue- take the DNA evidence for evolution- studying genomes of
animals and cross-comparing. That seems repeatable, observable, and
testable to me.

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