Member Rara Avis
evolution: predicted nested hierarchies
falsification test: found nested hierarchies.
Untrue, Brad. Macro-evolution accommodates nested hierarchies, but does not predict them. Within the randomness of evolution, life on this planet could easily have taken many parallel paths instead of a single diverging one. There is nothing in the theory to predict a single point of origin, rather than multiple points.
On the other hand, ID does predict and demand a single point of origin.
ID: predicted designer
falsification test: to be continued
ID is fully capable of making the same untestable predictions that are made by macro-evolution, Brad.
For example, ID should predict that Life will never be seen to spring from non-life. Throw a bunch of chemicals in a vat, hit them with some serious energy, and if Life springs from the primordial soup, ID is no longer a necessary requisite to explaining our Universe.
I disagree Jim - the "Theory" in Theory of Evolution should be removed. It is a scientific and empirically testable fact and can be found everywhere in current and testable events.
Chris, you shouldn't confuse micro-evolution with macro-evolution. The former, which is more closely related to natural selection, is indeed testable. Introduce a stimulus and, over the course of multiple generations, certain characteristics of a species will become more pronounced. The classic example is Darwin's finches which, trapped on an remote island with periodic droughts, tended towards longer beaks than finches elsewhere. During hard years, the birds with longer beaks could reach the grubs beneath tree bark and so survived long enough to pass on their genetic traits to young, long-billed finches.
The difference between micro- and macro-evolution, however, is that during the more plentiful years, the short-billed birds made a remarkable comeback. Why? Because natural selection never results in permanent change to a species. The DNA always remains the same.
Macro-evolution, however, is a one-way street. It depends on inherently random mutations that, under the influence of natural selection, can change one species into another species. No one has ever seen that happen and, short of a time machine or damn long life span, there's no way to test the theory. You can bombard a lizard all day with radiation and the most you are likely to do is kill it. There is no theory nor mathematical basis to tell us just what kind of radiation in what dosage will result in a lizard that gives birth to baby parakeets.
Mutation is an evolutionist's own unique brand of supernaturalism.