Evolutionary theory cannot be falsified (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Wednesday, April 05, 2017, 14:59 (50 days ago) @ dhw


DAVID: Our problem is I don't see a dichotomy starting with the position that humans are the goal of evolution as God conducts it.

dhw:I pointed out to you that if God is all-powerful, and can dabble at any time, and his only goal was to create humans, it did not make sense that he would personally design millions of other life forms, lifestyles and natural wonders in order to do so (e.g. the weaverbird’s nest, monarch’s lifestyle, fly’s compound eye). Your response was “Guess what? It doesn’t make sense to me either”, and the only explanation you could come up with was that your God might be limited.

I have explained that my comments are at the moment remarks and responses to your questions. Remember they are not set in stone as I've stated. I am ruminating out in public. You then pick up an at-the-moment thought and stick with it in responding to me. I don't settle on one thought or approach. My thoughts remaim fluid. I'm trying to understand the history as much as you are. You have not allowed yourself to make choices among the possible final decisions about what to believe.

dhw: I offered you experimentation as a "clear explanation", and you rejected it. You are currently backtracking on the limited God hypothesis because you can’t come up with any limitation you can accept as feasible. And so you are left where you started, with two hypotheses which, put together, don’t make sense to you. That is the dichotomy.

Again, no dichotomy. Main point, God's goal is to create humans. Time to do it is a human concept, not God's. He is timeless. Limitations or not are human thinking, not God's. Is He limited, probably not, but it remains a possibility. Is He all-powerful. More probable. Can I be absolutely positive about either thought? No. As for experimentation, all of the intricate examples of complexity in the genome and biologic functions reprised yesterday deny that possibility. They all strongly suggest immediate saltation of immediately active processes, nothing stepwise as would be the case with experimentation.


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