Evolution and fact (was Dynamic Optimism as a tool in logical reasoning)

From: John Clark (jonkc@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Sun Jan 16 2000 - 09:32:12 MST

<Enigl@aol.com> On January 15, 2000 Wrote:

>"Carl Sagan, unfortunately, proved to be an example, when he said that
>evolution was not a theory: 'Evolution is not a theory, it is a fact,' in his
>corporation for public broadcasting television program _Cosmos_. That was a
>dangerously dogmatic thing to say.

The fossil record tells us Life evolves, I can't think of anything that has
more evidence in its support. If it's inappropriate to use the word "fact" in
regards to evolution then why do we even bother to have such a word,
that is to say, can you give me an example when it would be appropriate
to call something, anything, a fact?

       John K Clark jonkc@att.net

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