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Is Evolutionary Theory Scientific?

In discussion of an earlier post, a commentor and I debated whether or not Darwinism is a scientific theory. This was in context of his assertion that evolutionary theory somehow disproves the existence of one (or more) divine beings. I won't discuss that particular issue now, as I think most people realize that Darwinism and evolutionary theories in general have nothing to say about whether or not God (or gods) exist/s. The question at hand, for now, is whether evolutionary theories are or are not scientific.

Falsifiability

For a hypothesis/theory to be scientific, it must (by Popper's generally accepted standard) be falsifiable - that is, it must be possible for it to be shown to be false. If a theory isn't of the sort that could be shown to be false, it doesn't count as a scientific theory. That does not, of course, mean that it is not or could not be true - it simply means that it isn't something that can be dealt with from within scientific methodology.

The question, then, is whether or not evolutionary theory is falsifiable.

The answer to that question depends on what you mean by evolutionary theory. You might mean "evolutionary theory" to refer to the current and ongoing process by which species evolve by natural selection. You might also mean it as a more comprehensive theory that also explains the origins of life.

Next: The more limited view of evolutionary theory.

Is Evolutionary Theory Scientific?
Is The Limited View of Evolution Scientific?
Man Living with Dinosaurs?
Is the More Comprehensive View of Evolution Scientific?


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