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February 17, 2015


To think that many of the representatives voting on patent laws do not recognize evolution.

Well, Simon, while I wasn't thinking about that you have a good point. It's particularly ironic that we have the most evidence for evolution ever today, when according to statistics the most people seem skeptical of it (and science in general).

Thanks for pointing that out.

Well, speaking as a scientist, I've seen evidence of evolution within a species (e.g. the development of antibiotic resistance), but I have yet to see any evidence showing evolution from a single-celled organism to, say, one or more vertebrates. For that matter, I haven't seen anyone produce life from inanimate matter in a lab. Reproducibility is part of the scientific method (e.g. failure to reproduce cold fusion as claimed in 1989 was what got those claims debunked), and I expect the same level of proof for evolutionary biology claims that I expect from any other scientific claim. The failure (to date) to make even an amoeba in the lab, let alone take such a creature and transform it to, say, a moose, a flying squirrel, or an inept spy, leaves me skeptical about claims that life as we know it started by happenstance and then evolved from the same unicellular organism. On the other hand, since I haven't seen the idea disproven, I remain open-minded about it, particularly when faced with the lack of an alternative, provable suggestion for how life on earth came to be as we know it. (Intelligent design is possible, but by definition not repeatable in the lab, which means it violates the tenets of my religion, viz. science.)

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