Is Evolution a Fact

Emanuel Derman writes

That Paris is in the Northern Hemisphere seems to me a matter of definition rather than fact. Evolution is not a fact in that sense at all.

I would call a fact something that you ignore at your peril, in particular your peril in the material world. A fact is Maxwell’s equations, Newton’s laws, the germ theory of disease. You can’t ignore these without severely crippling your ability to live in the (modern) world.

This is a little strange because obviously the author believes in germ theory but doesn’t seem to believe that bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics is based on fact. Evolution is simply the changing of organisms because of pressures of the environment around them. It’s a simple fact and not something to argue over by linking it to God/religion.


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