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“God did it” doesn’t even qualify as a hypothesis.

hypothesis | hīˈpäTHəsəs |

noun (plural hypotheses | -ˌsēz | )

a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation: professional astronomers attacked him for popularizing an unconfirmed hypothesis.

 • Philosophy a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.

  1. There’s no evidence at all, limited or otherwise.
  2. There’s no expectation of, or even room for, further investigation.
  3. It’s not only assumed to be true, it’s outright insisted.


Hermann Bondi, Humanists UK President 1982 – 1999, was born 100 years ago today! We’re celebrating his life, his dedication to humanism, science, and his monumental contributions to physical cosmology.




From: Evolution.

[It’s] important to understand what a scientific theory is.

Outside science, people often use the word “theory” to refer to a hunch or unsupported personal opinion. This is not what the word means in science.

In science, a theory refers specifically to a well-substantiated explanation which accounts for a body of well-substantiated facts.

So, whenever we encounter a statement like “evolution is just a theory – not a fact”, this tells us that whoever’s made the statement is not using the terms correctly.

In science, theories don’t get promoted to facts; facts are explained by theories. Because of their explanatory power, theories are the ultimate goal and the ultimate achievement in the sciences of nature.

If you don’t even understand this, then there’s no point talking to you.