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Is There Any Proof of Evolution?

There has been no other scientific theory more thoroughly studied than evolution, and the vast majority of scientists say it is proven.

Evolution has been proven to a scientific standard to the satisfaction of most scientists today. Still, the internet probably has more information from creationists about how there is proof against evolution than solid scientific data. So is there really any proof of evolution, or will it always be a point of contention between science and religion?

The Proof That Evolution Happens

I'm not a scientist, and none of what I write in this article would be considered proof of anything to a scientific standard, because I didn't do any experiments, barely any research, I didn't write down my findings except here, and I don't actually have a clue about what I'm talking about.

What I can tell you is that I have heard that bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics, and there are new versions of the flu virus each year.

Insects evolve resistance to pesticides, and that is why some of the old insect killers like DDT are no longer effective, or at least they weren't to the bugs that developed the resistance.

In my country Australia, we see that the aboriginal people in the desert are taller and thinner than the people who live by the sea.

We have fossil records of neanderthals, and other part-human, part-ape creatures, which point to an evolution of men out of apes.

Granted there are a few missing links, but not many, given there is no other scientifically logical explanation, and that is proof enough of evolution to the un-biased scientist.

None of this is good enough for the creationist, but to those open to listening, I'll explain it another way. Every time a baby is born, you don't look at them as a human, but a unique mathematical DNA formula, which has never existed before.

Many mutations occur in just one generation of humans, as our DNA has a built-in mechanism to not just copy itself, but to change into many completely new versions of the same species.

Often people forget about all of the miscarriages, and stillborns. The children who die young, because their genetic formula was too different for them to even survive.

This is where evolution happens, mutation, and survival of the fittest. All of the variation in the world today comes from random mutations of trillions upon trillions of different generations of one species or another, and the only ones that are left are those that survived to reproduce successfully.

Did I Give you Proof of Evolution?

I expect to get many comments on this article from people who disagree with evolution, and I find that fair enough. As I say, I don't know what I'm talking about, although I believe there is proof of evolution, very good proof, or at least overwhelming evidence, and I challenge anyone to come up with scientific proof of the existence of God, the intelligent design of all life on Earth, and that the examples of evolution I gave didn't happen.

The argument tends to go round in circles when you find out that their proof is that God himself told us in the bible that he created all things in six days.

There are many Christians or religious people who believe in evolution but still follow their faith and believe in God, they just need to have a slightly less literal interpretation of their scriptures.

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I just love this kind of stuff; I can debate about all day long. A current example of evolution in humans is our teeth. Needing to have wisdom teeth removed was significantly rarer in our grandparents' time, but is much more common now. The reason is that our jaws are getting smaller because we no longer have to chew the same kinds of tougher foods. Nice work.

Nicely done. I to have the same generalized views. Simple observation will tell you that evolution is occuring all around us. Granted much of the genetic mutation is the direct result of mans interventions ( pollution, nuclear waste ) as well as the deliberate cross breeding of differing species. This puts a whole new twist in the genitic code. Putting these aside, what we have left is a debate between science and religion neither of which are correct, and neither of which is wrong. Religion has to realize that with any breeding, there is an intermix of genetic code that results in a new creature, on the flip side science has to realize that there is a possibility of intelligent design and purpose, maybe alien experimentation...who knows.

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As far as God goes, I am a panthiest, or I generally believe the universe and everything in it is God. My beliefs are similar to Buddhism. That's not to say I believe in intelligent design, but then I also believe the universe is eternal, and who knows what might happen over eternity. Everything is everything, constantly changing, and remaining the same.

Although I am what religion calls an athiest, I do believe there is a higher power, I call it humanity. We create our own realities and variations thereof. As such, we manipulate our own DNA and RNA on small terms, but resulting in greater variations of our species.

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I am what religion calls an atheist too, because I don't believe in God in the way any religion does, but I like the word, and I believe the universe deserves a word like that to describe it. After all, if "God" didn't create us, then the universe did, even if it's only through random events.

Good point, never thought of it in that way before...i must dwell upon this new concept...lol

actually for anyone who studies it with an open mind and no pre-conceived ideas or dogmas, the Bible does teach evolution. Having said this, however, I have no intention of entering into debate on such a heated subject.

interesting article

How do you know that God's great plan didn't involve evolution. Maybe He came up with the idea for evolution as a way to create a diverse world. See the film 2001 for an explanation :-)

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A belief in evolution does not mean you can't have a belief in God, or the bible, but some fundamentalists hold onto the literal truth of every passage of the bible, when early records show that it was not even meant to be taken as literal truth. Philo the first century Greek Christian philosopher explained how there were all sorts of dual meanings, literal and allegorical interpretations that needed to be made, and if you took it all 100% literally, in his words, it was "nonsense".

Well done Rowan

I do not really believe in the theory of evolution, but as mentioned in the article and in some of the comments, there is proof of evolution happening before our eyes. But now when I say evolution I don't mean a rock turing into an advancedly thinking being that can create an atomic bomb. What I mean is that spiecies can adapt to different invoroments, but not evolve into a different speicies. great article

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We have proofs of evolution around us not to take for granted the bacteria and viruses which may have evolved within ourselves and often leave us little time to to take precautionary measures when they have ultimately disrupted our entire system to allow us to sustain life. A very interesting topic, Rowan.

There are some unanswerable questions about evolution. For example, the future of evolution. If the past billion years or so contains proof of evolution then presumbly we are not at its end. Is it a case that a dog, for example, could eventually evolve to speak and understand a human laungauge fully. Are humans at the stage where no further evolution is possible, or will we evolve into a species that could no longer be recognised as humans? Are monkeys at a stage now where they understand how to use tools effectively and therefore will go on to make better tools ending up with the understanding how to make a machine? As far as prooving evolution, this is based on the facts of what scientists know and theorise about today. Go back a few decades and the entire universe was thought to be our own galaxy, now they believe that there are in fact billions of galaxies like our own. Science, although the basis of our current society, cannot always be deemed to be true.

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It wasn't so long ago everyone thought the Earth was flat, and that it was the center of the universe. Science is always finding new things that test previously held beliefs, and to answer your question about the talking dogs, they would either evolve to talk or they would die if they were forced into that scenario where they had to for some reason, although it usually takes millions or billions of years for small changes to add up to noticeable ones. The chicken and the egg scenario goes all the way back to before life came out the oceans. Take a look at the difference between a terrier and a pit bull, as compared to a wolf, which we have done ourselves in only a few centuries.

It is known that the nazi's beleived that human evolution could be manipulated and we all know of the terrible way in which they tried to create the perfect super race. Indeed the nazi ideology can be traced back to Darwin theories. However do you consider that humans, in particular, are now at the pinnacle of our physical evolution or as I mentioned previously are we still evolving into a species, either naturally or contrieved, where we will not be recognised as humans in the future?

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I'm sure we will continue to evolve, particularly as factors like pollution, drugs, obesity, and advances in medical science that keep people alive who usually would have died change our DNA, but I'm not sure if we will evolve for the better. We will probably grow weaker, and maybe even destroy our environment through war or pollution before these changes have a chance to happen. Just like the tiny dog and cat, once wolves and cheetahs, we will not be a natural species, as the survival of the fittest no longer applies. I don't support forced genetic manipulation, but I do feel that people should try to improve the genetics of the species where possible. For example, I heard of a charity that paid drug addicts $300 to be sterilized.

I could do with $300. Can I lie about the drugs bit? :-) No seriously though, a bit of a slippery slope because who are the people who will decide what determines an improvement to a species? Sterialising people taking drugs is an improvement and will lead to less drug takers in the future? Is the charity concluding that drug taking is natured and not nurtered? My goodness, I think everyone of us would have skeletons in the cupboard that could be seen as a reason for not being allowed to re-produce.

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I choose not to reproduce myself, but some people have uncontrollable instincts. In the case of drug addicts, and even drinkers and smokers, there can be serious birth defects.

It's nice that someone had the wherewithal to write an article such as this. Your comment above on atheism in particular got my attention because of the debate that creationism is the strictly the invention of theists. Personally, I believe that evolution trumps Adam and the rib tale immediately. But I'm an atheist, and would get slaughtered in such arguments. Voted and appreciated.

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wow you sure have a lot of comments! Evolution should be obvious - humans did not exist at the time of the dinosaurs, and even some dinosaurs did not exisit at the time of others - they obviously evolved.. dogs are a good example too - all the breeds we have now, came from wolves and although this evolution was sped up by humans it shows that it can happen.

Wow! You've started quite the conversation on this. I do believe in evolution and as you've mentioned, we are still evolving today.

rhobere

The theory of evolution is a more complete theory than most, even gravity. Because unlike evolution which occurs through variation in DNA, we have no idea what causes gravity; all we can do is predict it. yet people accept the much more off the wall theory of general relativity and even rely on it by using their GPS. The people that think its just possible, but not proven haven't read up quite enough. we've observed bacteria evolving to be able to metabolize different types of substances in a laboratory setting. we've found evidence of mutations that led to changes in our own physiology (i.e. chimps have one more chromosome than we do, but our second chromosome contains telomeres in the center and two centromeres which contains the same genetic information as the 12th and 13th chromosome in chimps suggesting that those two chromosomes combined into one. this evidence is so solid that the chimps 12th and 13th chromosome are now referred to as 2a and 2b. google the jargon if you haven't taken a general biology course). although we've never witnessed one species change into another species (something that isn't suggested by the theory of evolution to even be possible to observe in a single lifetime), we've predicted variations in certain species based on changes in their environment only to find that exact species with the exact change that natural selection would suggest. the bottom line is that modern biology revolves around evolution just as much as modern physics revolves are newtonian calculus and if people want to write it off as being "just a theory," they can go hang out with the young earth and flat earth idiots that don't know how to make since of scientific evidence and observations. I would suggest anyone that disagrees with the idea of evolution take some basic biology classes. the evidence is both abundant and clear.

rhobere

The theory of evolution is a more complete theory than most, even gravity. Because unlike evolution which occurs through variation in DNA, we have no idea what causes gravity; all we can do is predict it. yet people accept the much more off the wall theory of general relativity and even rely on it by using their GPS. The people that think its just possible, but not proven haven't read up quite enough. we've observed bacteria evolving to be able to metabolize different types of substances in a laboratory setting. we've found evidence of mutations that led to changes in our own physiology (i.e. chimps have one more chromosome than we do, but our second chromosome contains telomeres in the center and two centromeres which contains the same genetic information as the 12th and 13th chromosome in chimps suggesting that those two chromosomes combined into one. this evidence is so solid that the chimps 12th and 13th chromosome are now referred to as 2a and 2b. google the jargon if you haven't taken a general biology course). although we've never witnessed one species change into another species (something that isn't suggested by the theory of evolution to even be possible to observe in a single lifetime), we've predicted variations in certain species based on changes in their environment only to find that exact species with the exact change that natural selection would suggest. the bottom line is that modern biology revolves around evolution just as much as modern physics revolves are newtonian calculus and if people want to write it off as being "just a theory," they can go hang out with the young earth and flat earth idiots that don't know how to make since of scientific evidence and observations. I would suggest anyone that disagrees with the idea of evolution take some basic biology classes. the evidence is both abundant and clear.

rhobere

also, many people forget that proving something to a "scientific standard" is no easy task. everything in science is considered a living model that we expect to be improved upon. there are only a very small number of "laws" in science because we constantly come up with new questions to answer. even things like the germ theory of disease or general relativity are still not considered laws despite that we know for a fact bacteria and viruses cause illnesses and we know for a fact that gravity and velocity warp time. scientists are their own worst critics and the scrutiny that they give each other is far more intense than the hair-brain fallacies that creationists present and consider legitimate arguments.

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