by Terry Novich
No-one doubts his assertion that 2+2=4 but there are many people who doubt his other assertion (see All Scientists Believe in Evolution.) You see, calling
evolution a "fact" really depends on the meaning of the word
"evolution". Did Dr. Ruse mean the neo-evolutionary understanding of
evolution? Or, did he mean evolution as in “the Theory of Evolution” as
most of us were taught?
The term "evolution" was, until relatively recently, used to mean a cause or mechanism of change, evidenced in the biological processes Darwin thought were responsible for the branching tree pattern of ascent. He believed that unguided “natural selection” over vast periods of time produced fundamentally new forms of life giving rise to all the living things we see around us today. The idea of Universal Common Descent and natural selection form the core of his theory.
Now, obviously, evolution is not something any living person can observe (there is no known process whereby humans can physically travel back in time.) And, evolution by its very nature is too slow for humanity to physically observe.