Has evolution been scientifically proven?

Opening Argument

Evolution is taken for granted by many and taught in school.  Is it proven?
  1. Has evolution been scientifically proven?

    5 votes
    1. Yes
    2. No

Status: Open Debate


  • Well, evolution as well as many other things are simply "theories." Some accept it and some don't.
  • SylynnSylynn 68 Pts
    Yes evolution has been proven. In fact this is how scientific theory works; you first have to prove it. Evolution is a fact, the theory is the method of evolution and this theory is always changing as we learn new things about it. To those that think it's just a "theory" as in it's just an idea, you are mistaken to what the term means in the scientific community. Gravity is also just a theory, but I bet you accept that as being true.
  • agsragsr 601 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    Premium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    @Sylynn , first of all I am not arguing against theory or evolution.  But I don't really agree that it has been proven.  I think that many take it for granted since the theory was not disproved.   But who has a burden of prove?
    Lets say that we actually live in a game created by an advanced society somewhere, and we are really just virtual reality characters?  We are programmed to evolve and believe in evolution?

    or imagine that we are character in Star-Trek holodeck.  There were many episodes where Holodeck characters were sure that they were real too.  
    Or lets say one of the thousands religions on this planet turns out to be true, and we are actually created by a higher being.

    My point is - does someone have to prove each possibility I listed to be false before we say that theory of evolution has been proven?  
    Live Long and Prosper
  • inc4tinc4t 154 Pts
    @Sylynn , I think definition of being scientifically proven includes actually "proving". It is a generally accepted theory, but different than e is mc square, which is a mathematical formula.
    I think there is an overwhelming amount of evidence supporting this theory, but even that doesn't constitute as prove.
    @agsr, I like your startrek Holodeck reference :)
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