I came across this blog the other day and it was talking about how creationist always try and knock down the theory of evolution by saying it is "only a theory", I to have ran across these people MANY times, and over and over again here on myspace. The blog got me thinking and it made me realize that even I have miss used the word "theory" from time to time in my on going battle with the creationist. So I think it is time to give the word "theory" a good looking at.
According to the United States National Academy of Sciences the word "theory" means.....

"Some scientific explanations are so well established that no new evidence is likely to alter them. The explanation becomes a scientific theory. In everyday language a theory means a hunch or speculation. Not so in science. In science, the word theory refers to a comprehensive explanation of an important feature of nature supported by facts gathered over time. Theories also allow scientists to make predictions about as yet unobserved phenomena"

and according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science the word "theory" means...

"A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment. Such fact-supported theories are not "guesses" but reliable accounts of the real world. The theory of biological evolution is more than "just a theory." It is as factual an explanation of the universe as the atomic theory of matter or the germ theory of disease. Our understanding of gravity is still a work in progress. But the phenomenon of gravity, like evolution, is an accepted fact."

and according to dictionary.com a "theory" is...

"a coherent group of general propositions used as principles of explanation for a class of phenomena: Einstein's theory of relativity."

So now that we know what a "theory" is lets take a look at some other theorys shall we....

Astronomy: Big Bang Theory

Biology: Cell theory — Evolution — Germ theory

Chemistry: Atomic theory — Kinetic theory of gases

Climatology: Theory of Global Climate Change (due to anthropogenic activity)

Education: Constructivist theory — Critical pedagogy theory — Education theory — Multiple intelligence theory — Progressive education theory

Engineering: Circuit theory — Control theory — Signal theory — Systems theory

Games: Combinatorial game theory — Game theory — Rational choice theory

Geology: Plate tectonics

Mathematics: Approximation theory — Arakelov theory — Asymptotic theory — Bifurcation theory — Catastrophe theory — Category theory — Chaos theory — Choquet theory — Coding theory — Deformation theory — Dimension theory — Ergodic theory — Field theory — Galois theory — Game theory — Graph theory — Group theory — Hodge theory — Homology theory — Homotopy theory — Ideal theory — Intersection theory — Invariant theory — Iwasawa theory — K-theory — KK-theory — Knot theory — L-theory — Lie theory — Littlewood–Paley theory — Matrix theory — Measure theory — Model theory — Morse theory — Nevanlinna theory — Number theory — Obstruction theory — Operator theory — PCF theory — Perturbation theory — Potential theory — Probability theory — Ramsey theory — Representation theory — Ring theory — Set theory — Shape theory — Small cancellation theory — Spectral theory — Stability theory — Stable theory — Sturm–Liouville theory — Twistor theory

Physics: Acoustic theory — Antenna theory — BCS theory — Landau theory — M-theory — Perturbation theory — Theory of relativity — Quantum field theory — Scattering theory — String theory

Planetary science: Giant impact theory

Statistics : Extreme value theory

Theory of natural selection

and the list goes on and on.....

I dont think we can argue with many of these like creationist like to argue with evolution...

so YES evolution is JUST a "theory" but thats why we can use it as being fact, evolution has a 150 years worth of science to back it up that is how it bacame the theory it is today, evolution has been proven many times over in many ways to be fact, Wikipedia says...

"Evolution is not progress. Evolution is not "improvement"; it is simply change. These changes can be positive, negative, or neutral, depending on the situation. Evolution may seem progressive at times, because beneficial traits tend to out-compete less helpful traits under selection. However, evolution does not aspire toward any goal; there is no such thing as 'backward evolution' or 'de-evolution' because there is also no 'forward evolution' — evolution does not move in any particular direction. Even natural selection is not progress, since a trait that is helpful in one environment may be harmful after the environment changes.
Evolution is not sudden. Evolution is occurring all the time, as an extremely gradual, incremental process. Evolution usually requires millions of years to cause obvious or dramatic changes, and any major evolutionary change requires thousands of intermediary transitional forms. However, an organism can only be called "transitional" in retrospect, looking back over countless millennia; evolution does not make long-term plans, and is only guided by short-term, opportunistic selection on an individual level.
Evolution, then, is a directly observed occurrence. Although selection can result in adaptations which help organisms flourish in their environment, most evolution is not particularly helpful. While evolution can eventually result in dramatic changes, in the short term it is a meandering process of minor modifications."

if you want to learn more on evolution go here...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introduction_to_evolution

so the next time you have some creationist try that bull shit line you on that evolution is just a "theory" you can tell them, why YES it is just a theory thank you very much, the story of creation is JUST that, a story, no science to back it up at all, sure they try to make up science to back up their story but this "creation science"(oxymoron) has been knocked down many times over by the REAL scientist using real world observations and measurements both things that the creation scientist dont have, even though they do like to make some up and twist the real word facts to make them fit their stories....You would not believe some of the things I have came across from the creationist. I have seen some of there "science" that says the world is "only" 6000 years old, they have "science" that shows a global flood, they have "science" that shows the Earth is really the center of the universe, I have even came across some "creation scientists" that say the world is actually FLAT!!! They try to tell you that all the photos of the earth we see are just made up pics and what the bible says about the world being flat is true!!

So there you have it, YES evolution is a theory but it is a WORKING, TRUE theory.....creation...wellll its just a bull shit story that no one with any knowledge of the world can substantiate with anything but a bible, I do have an idea of how these people get that the bible is a working theory of creation though, I have seen time and time again when I have been arguing with creationist that they will say the same things. As I have looked these "ideas" up on the web I have found that they all come from the same few creation web sites, so my idea is that on one or more of these web sites there must be some sort of a virus on them to keep web sites like Google and Yahoo! from working right, Im guessing that after you have visited these sites you must be some how blocked from anything with REAL science on them. Is just a hypothesis though, not yet a theory!! So just to be on the safe side I advice you to not even go to these web sites. This must be why they always have to ask the atheist to find the real answers for their questions because their computer searches can only find the bull shit ones!! So the next time a creationist tells you evolution is just a "theory" tell them yes it is, but your idea of the world is NOT a theory it is only a story with NO science to back it up so you can shove your bible up your ass!!!


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Comment by Mark Ritenour on January 20, 2010 at 5:46pm
yea try telling them that!! lol
Comment by Jim DePaulo on January 17, 2010 at 11:17am
When I taught biology I explained evolution was not a theory but a biological process that is describable and observable, much in the same way that metabolism is a process or DNA replication. The theories are how certain process work that govern evolution or metabolism or DNA replication ...etc.
IMO, the theories of evolution is more correct - but that's just me.
Comment by Mark Ritenour on January 17, 2010 at 10:50am
Another thing I always like to throw at the creationist is the fact that the catholic church now accepts evolution as in agreement with bible, now they always say that well Im not a catholic but I always remind them that the catholic church has to be on the top 10 list of the most bull headed of all religions and if they can say they were wrong after only a few decades then that says alot about the theory of evolution, I mean just stop and think about the things that the catholic church has done to stop anyone that disagrees with there preaching.........................

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_and_the_Roman_Catholic_Church
Comment by Rayray on January 17, 2010 at 8:43am
I tell them they must have the word theory and hypothesis mixed up.

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