This is Part 8 of a series of approximately sixty posts that outline evidence, support, and explanation for naturalistic evolution. Receive updates and notification of all posts from dennismitton.com by selecting the follow button on the sidebar of any page. Thanks! Pangaea and Plate Tectonics It’s a jump to move from the philosophical basis of … Continue reading Evolution Part 8: Plate Tectonics
Cuvier and Catastrophism In Part 6, I looked at catastrophism. The Frenchman George Cuvier, the theory’s vocal and ardent supporter, described earth’s history in terms of ‘historical revolutions’. These were periods of geologic calm punctuated by short periods of intense and sometimes almost immediate changes. Rushing floods, climbing mountains, or shearing glaciers, he thought, could … Continue reading Evolution Part 7: Charles Lyell and The Key To The Past
When you venture outside it’s easy at first glance to agree with Dr. Paley – it does seem as though an invisible watchmaker had a hand in creation. Everything appears to line up just right. Trees need water and – viola! – there is water. And that water must be in liquid form and wouldn’t … Continue reading Evolution Part 6: Catastrophism – Half Right
What Evolution Is I’ve summarized in Parts 1-4 (here, here, here, and here) the way that science sees the world and does it’s business. Now I invite you to stand at the kitchen sink and look out the window with wonder. Let’s see what the world has to tell us. But first let me take … Continue reading Evolution Part 5: What Evolution is Not
The Scientific Method As many of you know, I was recently in an accident and am on three kinds of medication. I told my doctor that I would like to drop one. I was taking six pills a day and it was initially given to me as a prophylactic and I was unsure if it … Continue reading Evolution Part 4:The Scientific Method and an Example
Just the Facts, Please It surprises people when I say that, No, I can’t prove it to you. That science is not in the proving business. Creationists laugh like hyenas. See! He can’t prove it! Then I ask them to prove that Omaha, Nebraska exists and they are stumped. There are no proofs. There are … Continue reading Evolution Part 3: Proof and Facts
What is a Scientific Theory? Unless you limit yourself to the best books and websites, it won’t take long before you’ll run into someone who dismisses the whole shebang of evolution as 'just a theory.' A hunch. Adherents rant that 'evolution is not a theory: it's a fact!" Both ignore what a scientific theory is. … Continue reading Evolution Part 2: Just a Theory?
Why Start with Philosophy? This philosophical toe-dipping will be simple and self-evident to some and profound to others. Some will find it boring. But to build a step-wise explanation of the facts about evolution, one needs to start somewhere. I side with Lewis Carol who liked to start at the beginning. Please understand that this … Continue reading Evolution Part 1: A Philosophy Of Science