Re: Evolution as fact

Adrian Tanner (atanner@MORGAN.UCS.MUN.CA)
Wed, 6 Mar 1996 15:14:12 -0330

I have also wondered about calling evolution a 'fact'.

Once upon a time there was born in someone's head an 'idea'; it developed to
become a 'hypothesis', and later joined together to become a complex set of
hypotheses called a 'theory'; finally, when enough confirming observations,
and no disconfirming ones, had been made, it became a 'law'. To avoid
confusing it with it's legal namesake, it is often spoken of a 'scientific'
or 'natural' law.

Evolution is such a law, rather than a fact, isn't it?

Adrian Tanner, Dept of Anthropology, Memorial University, St John's,
Newfoundland, Canada. A1C 5S7. email Tel 709 737
8868 fax 737 8686