Levels of proof in science (evolution creation/abiogenesis)
I have been working out the levels of facts or proofs in science as it relates to evolution, which has been incorrectly lumped with creationism. I have not found anything clearly explaining the scientific basis of the theory of evolution and contradictory articles. It appears the word theory is a bad choice for the English language because it is open to a wide range of interpretations. My choice of words I know is poor below and would appreciate more accurate terminology. But conceptually I believe I am on the right track. If there is some good website that clearly explain this I would appreciate knowing. Wiki was one of the ones I got lost in.
So here is what I have put together so far.
There are level of proof in science
1: Hypothesis - is a suggested explanation of a phenomenon. It has not been found true or not false. It is a guess. Creationist confuse this definition with a theory.
2:Conjecture - When a hypothesis is tested with repeatable experiments and it has not been found untrue it has moved up a level. More test need to be done
3:Theory - When a hypothesis has been thoroughly tested with repeatable experiments and the scientific community has become confident that this theory has always proven true, i.e. not falsifiable. This is what science means by the theory of evolution. All evidence found has supported this theory.
Creationism is not a theory but only a hypothesis and by its very nature cannot be falsified. Since it cannot be falsified it is not even wrong. Something that is not even wrong means since we cannot prove it is not true we cannot even learn anything from it.
Creationism is a myth that explained to primitive people the origins of the universe.
Abiogenesis is hypotheses of the origin of the universe. Science does not claim to know how it happened. There are not even theories on it.
Evolution is a scientific fact
"In the broadest sense, evolution is merely change, and so is all-pervasive; galaxies, languages, and political systems all evolve. Biological evolution ... is change in the properties of populations of organisms that transcend the lifetime of a single individual. The ontogeny of an individual is not considered evolution; individual organisms do not evolve. The changes in populations that are considered evolutionary are those that are inheritable via the genetic material from one generation to the next. Biological evolution may be slight or substantial; it embraces everything from slight changes in the proportion of different alleles within a population (such as those determining blood types) to the successive alterations that led from the earliest protoorganism to snails, bees, giraffes, and dandelions."
- Douglas J. Futuyma in Evolutionary Biology, Sinauer Associates 1986
When someone claims that they don't believe in evolution they cannot be referring to an acceptable scientific definition of evolution because that would be denying something which is easy to demonstrate. It would be like saying that they don't believe in gravity!
Evolution is not about gradual progress because that is not true. It is not time constrained. It does not say that a lower form of life evolved into a higher form of life. It can say from a less complex form of life evolved into a more complex form of life.
Religion Kills !!!
Numbers 31:17-18 - Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.