Evolution, debated on Facebook

I just copied this from a Facebook post. I cleaned out the garbage text to make it easier to read. The first statement is from an engineer who had concerns about the theory of evolution. After a very lively debate, here are his final comments about it:

I think the best thing to ask someone who is very knowledgeable on a controversial subject is to have them point out the flaws in the subject, so in your opinion what are the theory of evolution’s greatest shortcomings, or where do you think the greatest emphasis needs to be placed in research to create a more complete picture…

Excellent question! I’ll try not to ramble here.

We both know the only “pure” science is mathematics. Once you delve into actual reality, everything becomes an approximation because of the chaos of natural phenomena.

The one science with some of the most variables involved is biology, because living matter is composed of complex biomolecules which are composed of atoms which are composed of subatomic particles. I assume you study the level of chaos either at the atomic or subatomic level.

So biology is indeed one of the messier sciences around to study. It is a tremendous challenge and you will find that most research biologists state their findings in a very skeptical way, which is healthy. Perhaps you have seen problems with teachers who claim evolution as an absolute fact.

There are a lot of things in biology that come together around the theory of evolution; too many to discuss in a blog post for sure. However, unless all the facts are known, no one can be absolutely sure, that’s the crux and curse of the scientific method in any field.

Have I clarified anything or did I just ramble?

One final point: If we cannot fully understand subatomic particles, gravity, magnetism, light, etc etc how in the world can we ever claim to fully understand anything else that is affected by these phenomena?

Socrates said it best: “I know that I know nothing.” Always be humble.

good answer, I appreciate you taking the time to bring me information…

My pleasure. If you have some time, check out my blog at https://evolution4.wordpress.com and ask all the questions you like.


About frankabernathy

I am a retired cell biologist and alumnus of Ohio State University. I became interested in chromosomes as far back as the 1960's when I wrote a term paper on the effects of radiomimetic drugs on chromosomes. I was fascinated at how they could break apart and reform new structures so easily. I became further involved in the early 1970's after taking a cytogenetics course at the University of Arkansas. I took that knowledge with me to Ohio State in 1980 where I eventually worked on my research and completed my Ph.D. dissertation, "Studies on Eukaryotic DNA Superstructure". My studies and later research suggested that the DNA within the eukaryotic chromosome is not the simple, linear molecular thread so widely suggested in all the classic textbooks published today. Instead, it may be the culmination of a geologically rapid set of endosymbiotic events where microorganisms plug into each other to create something greater than themselves. Feel free to contact me at fabernathy@sbcglobal.net.
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