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Old 05-05-2006, 03:56 PM
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I often here these so-called gaps in modern evolution theory, both in accusations from creationists and being played down by evolutionists. What kind of gaps are being referred to here? I would ideally like to look at something from a scientific point of view and not an intelligent design site since the latter tend to pick holes where there are none.

Also how exactly has evolutionary theory evolved (no pun intended) since Darwin?
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Old 05-18-2006, 03:35 PM
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The creationists are trying to put GOD into those gaps. What it's about are nothing but a lack of knowlege in some areas. Those remaning gaps are closing rapidly with each new scientific discovery. Science are about the quest for knowlege, it all right to NOT have an answer, as long as we keep looking for them.
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Creationists seem to think that if there aren't hundreds of fossils showing a clear and gradual progression from one species to another then the fossil record does not support evolution theory.
It's not that easy for an organism to fossilize, nor is it easy to find a fossil when they do, nor is all evolution gradual. There were no doubt many creatures we'll never find any evidence of.

There will always be "gaps." When a transitional form is found it creates two gaps when previously there was one (think about it). The magical creation croud will never run out of gaps with which to denounce biological change.
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I can give you one example that interest me in school. The transition between eukaryotes and prokaryotes cells. Considered to be the most profound change in evolution by my professor (and perhaps most biologists). Would you consider this a gap?
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I once said on a thread, "I know there are various gaps in evolution," (although I'm an evolutionist). Then, somebody replied me, "such as...?" Suddenly, I realized that I couldn't think of any. Most so-called "gaps" are the result of little advanced understanding of the theory. However, there are probably a few gaps that I haven't been informed of. The point is that it's the most reliable theory out there. Until a better one is proposed, I will accept the current!
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I often here these so-called gaps in modern evolution theory, both in accusations from creationists and being played down by evolutionists. What kind of gaps are being referred to here? I would ideally like to look at something from a scientific point of view and not an intelligent design site since the latter tend to pick holes where there are none.
I think until the entire evolutionary chain from the very first cell until the completion of modern man is proven...there will be detractors of evolution. Just like atheists say..."prove God and I'll believe." Creationists say...."show me the evolutionary evidence from start to finish and MAYBE I'll believe there is no God." But, I think even given the evidence, some of us would still chose to believe in a Supreme Being. That God set the wheels in motion in the first place.
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Evoltuionary theory has evolved bunches in its time.
From strait lines to bushes, Purpose driven to randomness, the whole concept of 'superiority' and so on.

Genetics gave Evolution a big boost and change... discovery of DNA did it again.

I'll have to look for a good online source for the evolution of evolutionary theory for you.

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