Comment from: Mikotondria Visitor
Both the Sherri Shepherd incident and the query string you found highlight something that is far more widespread than either you or I fully appreciate (or are prepared to accept :).. That there are millions of apparently rational, educated people out in the world, voting, driving large vehicles on public roads, raising children, having 'opinions', that have not the most basic knowledge of science, scientific history or scientific process whatsoever.
They honestly 'believe' (suspect is probably true), that the Theory Of Evolution is 'just' a theory, similar to a 'theory' they have about who said what to whom about that 'thing at work', a postulation, an untested and unverifiable hypothesis for which there is no real evidence.
They do not have an inkling of the relative timings of the events that brought them to be, from the 14bn yo Big Bang, star and galaxy formation, nucleosynthesis, amino acid production, self-replication of chemical species, the eons of unicellular early life, basic geological knowledge of the evolution of life forms from fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals and the timescales involved..
This IS the most fundamental layer of knowledge one needs to be able to take part in discussions of evolution vs. creation, of (literal) 'flat earth' repudiations.
Unfortunately people without this knowledge are perfectly allowed to express their 'opinions' on these topics and demand that they have equal validity, and even privilege to uphold and have legislation drawn up based upon them, and demand that the rest of us treat them and their 'beliefs' with respect (which translates to not telling them they are wrong).
It makes me very angry, which I can only assume is a manifestation of Thor's wrath. In fact, I 'believe' this, so move out of the way, I've got some particle physics to debunk.
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Comment from: Kren Visitor
theory: a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"
hypothesis: a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was ...
You seem to think the word theory is a synonym for hypothesis, and it isn't. Evolution works, and it's been proven.
Comment from: Dan Simpson Visitor
I was interested to know why dinosaurs didn't evolved again after the meteor strike and found this article after a Google search. While it did answer my question I was amazed at the condescending arrogance of the author.
He's an astronomer and obviously the person he is referring to isn't. They mistook the term "big bang" for the meteor strike, big deal. Would I expect to be ridiculed by a mechanic if I used the wrong term to describe a part of my car's engine?
And the first comment by Mikotondria suggesting that this person shouldn't be allowed to vote or raise children!
The attitudes of Paul Smith and Mikotondria illustrate a far bigger problem with our society - there are too many arseholes.