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Author Topic:   Evolution by Definition
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Message 1 of 74 (450758)
01-23-2008 3:40 PM

I want to start this topic in order to discuss what specifically is meant by the term, evolution.
Does evolution have a narrow definition or a broad definition?
Is there a consensus among most scientists as to what this term means? Why is there even a debate over what evolution is and is not?
The Dictionary defines evolution as:
Change in the genetic composition of a population during successive generations, as a result of natural selection acting on the genetic variation among individuals, and resulting in the development of new species.
Personally, I don't understand much of science myself, although I am becoming better able to appreciate arguments and debates on a surface level while not understanding the complexities of them.

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Message 74 of 74 (454892)
02-09-2008 2:57 AM
Reply to: Message 3 by Quetzal
01-23-2008 8:26 PM

Quetzal writes:
The definition you provided is pretty much the standard one. Wording may vary, emphasis may vary, and the definition leaves out a lot of details. about this one?
  • evolutionist: specifically, a person who accepts the theory of evolution as the explanation for the diversity of life on earth. More generally, it is often used by creationists as a blanket term to refer to anyone who places scientific evidence and theories above religious revelation.

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