RE: [asa] Definition of evolution

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Fri Oct 30 2009 - 14:54:57 EDT

Maxwell’s equations summarize a whole set of experimental results. In particular, his contribution indicated that time varying electric fields produce magnetic fields, which propagate in vacuum with the speed of light. Thus Maxwell established that light is an electromagnetic phenomena. Subsequently, Hertz created electromagnetic fields in the lab with properties satisfied by light itself. The same can be said of Ohm’s law regarding its experimental basis. However, classical electromagnetic theory failed at the atomic level and it was supplanted by quantum electrodynamics (QED).

You are quite right that without the experimental content of Maxwell’s equation there would be hardly any new electrical device. In fact, if Faraday’s law of induction would cease to be true, there would be nothing like generators, electrical motors, etc. We would be back to the Stone Age.

Please, tell me what would not be true and of tremendous consequence if the whole of evolutionary theory were to be shown to be false? Please, do not tell me that I would not exist since you have never shown that man was a predication of evolutionary theory. In addition, is there anything that would supplant evolutionary theory if it were to be shown to be wrong, just as QED replaced classical electromagnetic theory?

From: [] On Behalf Of Dave Wallace []
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2009 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: [asa] Definition of evolution

Jim Armstrong wrote:
Stateside, this particular usage of "supposed" has a dismissive or belittling nuance. It says essentially that an assertion you may make with confidence is only a less unsubstantial supposition in my view. JimA [Friend of ASA]

Or as anti evolutionists would put it, 'Only a Theory'. To which I reply that Ohm's law and Maxwell's equations etc are only a theories upon which a lot of the modern world of electronics is built.

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