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How many scientists question evolution?

How many scientists question evolution? Updated 9 January 2023

Dissenters from evolution

It is often said that many scientists, including some significant credentials in the field, now believe there are serious difficulties with modern evolutionary theory. Indeed, there are some scientists who dissent. For example, in 2005 Philip Skell, a retired chemistry professor at Pennsylvania

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How reliable is geologic dating?

How reliable is geologic dating? Updated 8 December 2022 (c) 2022

Introduction

In a separate article Radiometric dating), we sketched in some technical detail how dates are calculated using radiometric dating techniques. As we pointed out in that article, radiometric dates are based on known rates of radioactivity, a phenomenon that is rooted in fundamental

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How does radiometric dating work?

How does radiometric dating work? Updated 8 December 2022 (c) 2022

Introduction

Radiometric dating is the most common type of technique employed by researchers to reckon dates for the geologic eras and individual specimens or layers. Radiometric dating is rooted in the rates of radioactive decay of various isotopes, which rates have been measured carefully

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How reliable is radiocarbon dating?

How reliable is radiocarbon dating? Updated 8 December 2022 (c) 2022

Introduction

Radiocarbon dating, which is also known as carbon-14 dating, is one widely used radiometric dating scheme to determine dates of ancient artifacts. In discussions of the age of the Earth and the antiquity of the human race, creationists often assail perceived weaknesses in

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Do probability arguments refute evolution?

Do probability arguments refute evolution? Updated 7 January 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

In the past few decades, modern science has uncovered a universe that is far vaster and more awe-inspiring than ever imagined before, together with a set of elegant natural laws that deeply resonate with the idea of a cosmic lawgiver (and isn’t it

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Are there missing links between ancient primates and modern humans?

Are there missing links between ancient primates and modern humans? Updated 8 December 2022 (c) 2022

Introduction

One of the issues most frequently raised by both creationist and and intelligent design writers is the question of gaps in the fossil record, and, in particular, of “missing links” between “apes” and humans. In one sense, such

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What do scientists understand about the origin of life?

What do scientists understand about the origin of life? Updated 8 December 2022 (c) 2022

Introduction

Both creationist and intelligent design writers assert that science has yet to understand the origin of life, and further claim that this is a fatal flaw in evolutionary theory [Behe1996; Dembski1998]. More importantly, creationist-minded members of the public have,

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Does intelligent design pose a challenge for evolution?

Does intelligent design pose a challenge for evolution? Updated 8 December 2022 (c) 2022

Background

The “intelligent design” movement was formed in the mid-1990s by a group of scholars whose objective was to present a significantly more tenable body of scholarship opposed to evolution than that promoted by young-earth creationists such as Henry Morris and

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What do fossils say about evolution?

What do fossils say about evolution? Updated 8 December 2022 (c) 2022

Introduction

One of the issues most frequently raised by both creationist and intelligent design writers is the question of gaps in the fossil record. These writers assert that there are large, unbridgeable gaps, and that the conventional scientific picture of a smooth sequence

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What is the evidence for evolution?

What is the evidence for evolution? Updated 7 January 2023 (c) 2023

Evolution as a “theory”

One of the most common misconceptions in the public scientific arena is that evolution is “just a theory.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists several definitions for the word “theory” [Merriam2009]. The two that are the most relevant here are: (a)

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