Fallacy Friday!

Today's Logical Fallacy is... Half Truth!

(Cherry-Picking, Card Stacking, Incomplete Information, Texas Sharpshooter, suppressed evidence, fallacy of incomplete evidence, argument ...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Facts About Theories

"Evolution isn't a fact! It's just a theory!"

Oh, if I had a nickle for every time I heard that .... Contrary to what this statement suggests, evolution being a "theory" does not diminish its standing nor the evidence behind it. A theory means an explanation. This is true both in everyday language and in the scientific community. However, there is a big difference between the two, and that has to do with how the explanation is developed.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Finding God in Science

"Encouraged by this divine evidence, let us cherish the truth and let us not permit ourselves to be alienated from it by the tricks of those who deem it an intellectual honor to introduce confusion into the arts."  [1]

These words could be found in any of today's anti-evolution literature, but they stem from a much earlier source. They were written in 1549 by Phillip Melanchthon, principle Assistant to Martin Luther, and they were written not in response to evolution but to the heliocentric theory proposed by Nicolaus Copernicus in 1543.

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