Browse Search Feedback Other Links Home Home The Talk.Origins Archive: Exploring the Creation/Evolution Controversy

Index to Creationist Claims,  edited by Mark Isaak,    Copyright © 2004
Previous Claim: CA221   |   List of Claims   |   Next Claim: CA230.1

Claim CA230:

Evidence for evolution has not been observed. Claims that it has confuse observation with interpretation. What is observed has to be interpreted to fit the hypotheses.


Wallace, Timothy. 2002. Five major evolutionist misconceptions about evolution.


  1. All observation requires interpretation. Even something as seemingly simple as seeing an object in front of you requires a great deal of interpretation to determine what it is, what properties it exhibits, how far away it is, and so forth (Sacks 1995). To dismiss absolutely everything we know because it is interpretation would be ludicrous.

  2. Most of the evidence of evolution is not the sort about which interpretation is in question. The evidence consists of such things as the following: and millions of other such facts, none of which are in dispute.

    The sort of interpretation to which creationists object is how all the evidence fits together. They do not deny the evidence (not most of it, anyway); they deny that it is evidence for evolution.

    However, a fact gets to be considered evidence for a theory if it fits that theory and does not fit or is not covered by competing theories. (Ideally, the theory should predict the fact before the fact is known, but that is not essential for the fact to be evidence.) The millions of facts referred to above fit this criterion, so they qualify as evidence for evolution.

  3. The interpretation on which creationism depends, in contrast, is based only on highly questionable and subjective ideas that do not fit together into a coherent whole.


Wilkins, John. 1997. Evolution and philosophy: Is evolution science, and what does 'science' mean?


  1. Sacks, Oliver. 1995. An Anthropologist on Mars. New York: Vintage Books.

Previous Claim: CA221   |   List of Claims   |   Next Claim: CA230.1

created 2001-2-18