Talk:Evolution

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Many of these questions are rephrased objections to evolution that users have argued should be included in the text of Evolution. The reason for their exclusion is discussed below.

The main points of this FAQ can be summarized as:

  • The process and theory of evolution are both uncontroversial among biologists.
  • Wikipedia:Neutral point of view requires that minority views not be given undue emphasis.
  • Therefore it is against Wikipedia policy for views without scientific support, such as all known objections to evolution, to be interjected into a science article like Evolution.

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Had Abiogenesis Happened Once?[edit]

Does life arise from non-living matter constantly if yes then why we don’t see the disappearing transitional species or individual fully or partially developed tissues, organs, systems, and organisms?2001:56A:7399:1200:442E:72F:7C01:C672 (talk) 07:14, 4 February 2017 (UTC)EEK

Abiogenesis doesn't mean that organs just pop out of nowhere. Ian.thomson (talk) 07:27, 4 February 2017 (UTC)
This is an issue of Abiogenesis. But I didn't see it addressed there - someone with appropriate citations should explain it there. The quick answer seems to be that once life is established, any new precursors of life would be quickly consumed by established life forms. TomS TDotO (talk) 07:52, 4 February 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for your answer but life can originate concurrently and constantly at local, regional depend upon the watershed, continental and global level, therefore, there are chances of the establishment of many different life at local, regional, continental and global level. I respect Wikipedia rules so period. 2001:56A:7399:1200:1C6E:259D:5630:25AE (talk) 04:09, 5 February 2017 (UTC)EEK

Talk pages are for discussions to improve articles. There are other (non-Wikipedia) venues for this type of discussion. If you have a question, please ask at the Wikipedia:Reference desk/Science. Thank you Jim1138 (talk) 08:32, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
This talk page is not a forum. It is inappropriate to be making unsupported assertions here. Please concentrate on improving the encyclopedia, any material to be included in an article needs to be verifiable and reliably sourced. - Nick Thorne talk 08:34, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

I don't think the questioner was looking for a forum but I think there is a good question here about the lede sentence. It currently begins with "All life on Earth shares a common ancestor". This is only true if "all life" is defined to be that with a common ancestor. It is entirely possible that there are completely independent forms of life living alongside us which we simply haven't seen or recognized as deserving to be called alive. We can only ever prove that more than one exists. We can never prove that there is not more than one. So I propose changing that to begin with "All known life on Earth shares a common ancestor". If there is no objection, I will intend to make that change. Cutelyaware (talk) 06:36, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

I don't agree. We can only ever talk about known, reliably sourced, verifiable facts, so we really don't want to put those words into every article. Here, "known" would imply the POV and unsourced claim that we suspect there to be unknown forms lurking somewhere. We should not say that against a clear scientific consensus. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:00, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
For source, see Hypothetical types of biochemistry. And that is only talking about chemical life. Other exotic forms of life are also possible. Not saying "known" would be making the unsourced claim that we know there is no shadow biosphere. I'm not suggesting we make this change to any other pages simply because doubt exists. I'm objecting to a currently unsourced claim that is arguably false. Cutelyaware (talk) 07:35, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Evolutions impact on other areas of thought[edit]

Evolution has had an impact on ideas, for example eugenics. Should this be included in the article?--Edittrack121 (talk) 14:29, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

@Edittrack121: Maybe. You'll need academic sources meeting WP:RS discussing evolution. Doug Weller talk 15:31, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
@Doug Weller Yeah I know. I will try to source some. I think the impact of evolution in a cultural sphere is worth bringing up, but maybe the dust didn't settle from previous updates yet.--Edittrack121 (talk) 15:51, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
@Edittrack121: Evolution#Social and cultural responses already has a link to Social effects of evolutionary theory which does cover eugenics reasonably, and there are good sources in that last article also. Given this coverage, I'd suggest that a very brief mention, wikilink and ref would be enough for that topic, and that the Social and cultural responses section would be the place for it. Chiswick Chap (talk) 16:12, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
Sounds good, and I didn't know that link existed, so thank you for it, @Chiswick Chap --Edittrack121 (talk) 17:28, 16 February 2017 (UTC).

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