I know I've been slacking lately on my blog posts but I've been dealing with my typical post topics in the real-life arena. I am going to school for evolutionary biology but I still come under fire from my peers when it comes to religion and science. Many people in the science field feel that religion and science are compatible. My stance is they are actually incompatible because religion tries to nullify scientific truths.
There is the fact of Evolution and then the Theory of Evolution.

The Fact of evolution is that the properties of populations of organisms or groups of such populations change over the course of generations through heredity. This strictly deals with a population and not an individual. It also does not mean the one species changes into another but merely we see a change in gene frequency over time. When the frequency changes enough and in greater numbers of genes we get a new species.

The theory of evolution is the explanation of how this change occurs.

Most people don't know the difference between a common-speech theory and a scientific theory.

Common-Speech Theory: an educated guess

Scientific Theory: an explanation for a law or fact with substantiated evidence put through peer review and scrutinized.

It's important to know the difference! Try to educate others on this so they know what we mean when we refer to evolutionary theory.

Another tip when speaking to people about evolution is don't say you "believe" in evolution but rather to accept it. believing puts it on the same grounds as believing in god. Evolution is not a faith issue, there is substantial evidence to ratify it.

REMEMBER: It's a war between reason and superstition. Choose your side and educate yourself and others.

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Comment by muhammad amer on May 1, 2009 at 12:31pm
I don't know how word tribe works, so please allow me to use "mindsets" instead. Yes it is my common experience too with the people. Definatly they can be divided into two different mindsets of "rationalists" and "religionists". Reactions of both groups are different towards many daily life questions are different.
Talking about interpertation of things with a friend today, I told him there may be many things happening in my 42 years life which a religious person could have interpreted as supernatural but my mind thought a logical reason for that. So with the same experiences if I would have belonged to other mindset or tribe, I would have gathered many supernatural stories to tell. Now I argue that I have seen none.
As for as study habbits and knowledge are concerned both differ because quite different things attract them. While arguing with other mindset person I often noticed their mind predecided not to accept any thing from me. Infact while I am talking, other person mind is thinking of some counter argument instead of understanding what I was trying to say.
Comment by Adam Johnson on May 1, 2009 at 11:12am
I used the statement descent from god with a sense of sarcasm which is sometimes hard to convey through written words. And deconverted isn't the correct word. I believe something along the lines of 'disindoctrinated' works.
Comment by Adam Johnson on April 30, 2009 at 10:35am
I like your use of the word tribe. I think anyone who denies evolution is either ignorant, stupid, or a liar; all of which are inexcusable.

I remember when I deconverted from baptist. Although my mother was christian she taught me to be rational everything. I remember getting those animal pamphlets in the mail that you put together to make the big book; of course my mom bought them from me. I think that was the start of my descent from god. I became immensly interested in animals which led to today where its almost an obsession.

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