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Reader Opinion: Evolution is theory

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Reader Opinion: Evolution is theory

I would like to add my two cents to the debate over the “theory of evolution.” In the Sept. 13 Dispatch article, Craig Rezac, a science teacher, was quoted as saying, “The interesting thing about theories is that we have to find information to disprove it. There hasn’t been any information found to disprove the theory of evolution.” This is an inaccurate statement on his part. First of all, his statement is backwards. In scientific jargon a theory is a partially supported hypothesis -- there needs to be support for it to move to the “theory stage.” A hypothesis is a guess, an opinion. Without the need for proof, all opinions would become theories. A law is a theory that has been proven to be indisputable -- like gravity for instance. No one has ever made the statement seriously that evolution is a law. Therefore, it’s not proven in any way beyond reasonable doubt. There should be room for other opinions on this important subject. Further, there are several intelligent design advocates, with impressive scientific credentials, who take issue with the “theory of evolution.” They have raised very serious objections to it and have proposed alternatives. Are we teaching the alternatives that these well qualified advocates propose? Isn’t that what teaching is supposed to be about No, what we are teaching our children is opinion, not scientific facts. There is a lot of money and scientific prestige behind evolution. That does not make it a fact that should be taught exclusively over all other options. Evolution is scientific orthodoxy, nothing more. It is a statement of unproven faith, exactly what Christians are being accused of. I applaud Sue Kern for her courage in bringing this matter up and I am very disappointed in her treatment by the educational establishment and this newspaper.

Lanny Scearcy

Brainerd

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