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Do you believe the theory of Evolution?

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561,132 votes

35%

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911,032 votes

56%

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The strength of science is in testability. We look at problems and answers are suggested. For a possible answer to be scientific it must be empirically testable. Experiment and observations are developed to test the hypothesis. Probably most hypotheses are wrong and discarded. We move on to the next possible answer. Eventually, the incorrect answers are weeded out and one begins to narrow in on the correct answer/solution. If a hypothesis survives testing and more testing you are approaching the theory stage. Theories are essentially hypotheses that have been tested by experiment or observation and have not been falsified. As with hypotheses theories are testable answers that are falsifiable. There are theories that have been found wanting and discarded. Other theories stand the test as is or are modified in light of new data. So, a theory is an answer based on facts from testing. Theories are the scaffolding on which science is organized and pursued. I don't "believe" in evolution. I don't have to rely on belief as there are facts that are explained by evolutionary theory. I accept the reality of evolution as it is based on facts that are measurable and testing that is repeatable. If I measure the length of a cheetah's femur and it's say 50cm long I don't "believe" in that because that's what it is. Hence, I don't have to believe in evolution. It's real and we are all products of it. Creationism is based on belief systems that were developed long before the scientific method was invented. There's a pile of creation stories out there. Being pre-science they invoke deities of some sort to explain the world. Problem is these deities are not testable. We are not to test the gods, my wanting to test a god is mockery and I am being ignored, etc. How do I test those answers? Oh, you don't. You're supposed to believe. Not good enough. That thinking closes doors to the real answers. Science is the key to unlocking those doors by its method. Carl Sagan's candle in the darkness. I'll let it go at that. Cheers.

Evolution is science while creationism is rather unbelievable. Keep religion out of public schools. many Republicans

Separation of Church and State. Period. Unless you can prove creationism, keep it out of the schools. OR start teaching the beliefs of Scientology, Greek Mythology, etc.. And I am a christian.