It’s Just a Theory

E2A4EFA5-C476-41F9-851E-6ED53DD237B7It really chaps my ass when people argue that evolution is “just a theory” in order to attack its credibility.

In everyday vernacular, the term “theory” is often used to describe a guess or a hunch. In science, though, a theory is not a “good guess.” It’s something that has been proven to have considerable merit based upon substantial amounts of evidence. It’s based upon facts and observations, not on beliefs.

Let’s clarify a few terms and how they’re defined from the scientific perspective.

Hypothesis: In science, a hypothesis is an educated guess based on observation. Usually, a hypothesis can be supported or refuted through experimentation or more observation. A hypothesis can be disproven, but not proven to be true.

Fact: In science, a fact is an observation that has been repeatedly confirmed and, for all practical purposes, is accepted as “true.” Truth in science, however, is never final and what is accepted as a fact today may be modified or even discarded tomorrow based upon further examination and new discoveries.

Theory: In science, a theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that can incorporate facts, laws, inferences, and tested hypotheses.

So, a scientific theory, such as evolution, is a highly substantiated, well-supported, well-documented explanation for our observations. It ties together all the facts about something, and provides an explanation that fits all the observations. In science, theory is the ultimate goal, the explanation. It’s as close to proven as anything in science can be.

In other words, a hypothesis is educated guess; a fact is a what; a theory is a how and/or a why. A theory in science is an explanation, not just a hunch or a good guess.

What a theory is not is a belief or an opinion unsubstantiated by observable, tested evidence.

So to those of you who claim that evolution is “just a theory,” you’re right, it is a theory. A well founded scientific theory.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “theory.”

This Country Is The Home Of FAKE NEWS!

A must read post about something very important that has slipped under the radar with all of the other crap that is going on in politics these days.


In our quest to progress humanity we often try so hard we trip over, smash our face off the floor, require reconstructive surgery and need years of intensive physiotherapy to even speak again. We sprint off creating things like cigarettes, Styrofoam and leaded petrol without ever stopping to think of the consequences. We see their ability to generate money and stop there – ‘This makes money? Brilliant! That is all the information I need’. Yesterday in the United Stazi States of America, the guys at the Fucking Crazy Commission Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made another such decision – without truly thinking of the consequences, or caring.

What the (Republican-controlled*) FCC decided, in their wisdom, was to relax rules that disallow corporate conglomerates from owning several parts of the media in one market. So for instance, if you happen to be a huge communications company you can now own both a…

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The Solution for Hate In Perilous Times

CE4D50FB-D98A-404E-90E6-AC5F62052B0DI’ve been debating with myself about whether or not to post this. I read a post a few days ago by a blogger who will go unnamed for reasons that will become apparent. I try not to be reactionary when I read another blogger’s post if that post strikes a sour note with me. I say to myself, “Let it go, it’s just someone else’s opinion.”

Blogging offers us a forum to express our opinions and beliefs, and I’m sure that some of the opinions I’ve expressed in my posts do not sit well with everyone who reads them.

That said, this post is a reaction to something a blogger, one I follow, wrote. And if you’re that blogger and you read this post and recognize your words, I hope you won’t take what I’m about to write personally. I follow your blog and I do enjoy much of what you write.

Anyway, this blogger wrote that he or she “believes in predetermined fate.” Okay, I get that. Apparently a lot of people believe in predestination. I don’t. But that’s just what I believe. It doesn’t make me right or the blogger wrong. We are all entitled in this country to our own beliefs and to freely express them. At least so far.

Then this blogger wrote something that was hard for me to swallow. He/she wrote, “We are known in the womb by the creator, God. His plan for us is already in place. He knows the ending before we do. He knows that our existence is for the greater good.”

So why do I have a problem with that? Well first, there’s simple arithmetic. There are approximately 132 million babies born every year across the globe. That’s about 360,000 births a day, 15,000 per hour, 250 every minute, and four every second.

Now I know a lot of people believe that God created everything…the entire universe and all things in it, including all forms of life. But to me, to believe that God knows and has developed some sort of in-the-womb, individualized plan for each and every one of those 360,000 babies born each day seems, shall I say, a bit far-fetched.

Second, if “we are known in the womb by the creator, God,” as this blogger said, and “God knows that our existence is for the greater good,” why, then, is there hate; why do people do bad things that are against “the greater good”? Are hate and evil part of “the greater good,” part of “His plan for us”? A plan that is already in place while we are just fetuses in our mothers’ wombs?

But still, I wasn’t that bothered by what that blogger wrote because people are free to believe whatever weird shit they choose to believe. That’s their business, not mine.

Then the blogger wrote that “the solution is the example we set.” I think the blogger was referring to the solution for hate in these perilous times, but I’m not 100% sure.

Anyway, the blogger continued, “we cannot be that example without a relationship with the almighty.” That was the statement that really pissed me off.

The implication of what this blogger wrote is that one cannot live a moral, decent, good life and set a positive example for others without believing in the existence of some invisible but all knowing, all powerful, ever-present supernatural being.

Now in all fairness, I don’t know for sure if that’s what the blogger was actually implying, but that is how I took it.

And if, as the blogger suggests, it is true that moral values are instilled in us in the womb by God, does that mean that we, as intelligent human beings, couldn’t — or wouldn’t —have been able to figure out on our own, without God, that murder, rape, and theft are bad? Would we all be running around murdering, raping, and stealing were it not for this omnipotent being who set our courses while we were still in the womb and who watches everything that we do all of the time? Is that the only reason we “behave” ourselves? And does that mean that those who don’t believe in God’s existence are incapable of being moral and do not serve “the greater good”?

Okay, there you have it. Rant over. I’ll probably take a whole raft of shit over this post and may even lose a few followers. I guess that’s a risk worth taking.

So what are your thoughts, readers? Am I being overly sensitive?

One-Liner Wednesday — Dangerous Ground

“A society is moving toward dangerous ground when loyalty to the truth is seen as disloyalty to some supposedly higher interest.”

This quote is attributed to American novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson.

I think the Republicans in Congress should take heed, as they are definitely treading on dangerous ground. Especially now that indictments are being issued.

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Song Lyric Sunday — Imagine

I imagine that I won’t be the only one who chooses John Lennon’s song, “Imagine,” for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, which is “peace.”

“Imagine” is a song written and performed by John Lennon. Released in October 1971 on Apple Records, it was the best-selling single of his solo, post-Beatles career. Its lyrics are about a world at peace, without the barriers of borders, or the divisions of religion and nationality. The listener is asked to imagine the possibility that the whole of humanity, unattached to material possessions, would live as one.

Here is the song with the lyrics.