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Thanks, interesting info

But I agree that evolution is a theory. (That's why it is called the theory of evolution.) For all we know we were planted here by ancient aliens, and are following a specified plan; a program. I don't believe that, but that too is a theory. Creationism also is a theory.

The fact is that in spite of all of our scientific advancements, many mysteries remain. Who are we? What are we doing here? What the hell is going on? There are no factual answers to any of these questions. All we have are theories.

Theories simply explain things, and do so to the best of our understanding, but they aren't perfect. Eventually, we come up with new theories which replace the old ones.

Probably the most important book I read in my four years of college was Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions. It was an introductory Philosophy class - Phil 101 probably - that I took over summer term. A throwaway class that I took just to fulfill a requirement.

We hang onto the theories for as long as they explain things. Eventually evidence appears outside the theory, which is generally ignored. Ad hoc explanations are then used to explain such evidence. But the theory starts to break down. Finally, there is so much evidence outside the theory that an active search for a new theory begins.

Eventually: THE TRUTH! Just kidding. Not the truth, but a new theory, that (maybe) does a better job at explaining reality.

But just remember, the map is not the territory, the menu is not the meal, and a theory is not a fact.

Over and out.