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refute

To disprove and overthrow by argument, evidence, or countervailing proof; to prove to be false or erroneous; to confute; as, to refute arguments; to refute testimony; to refute opinions or theories; to refute a disputant. There were so many witnesses in these two miracles that it is impossible to refute such multitudes. (Addison)

Synonym: To confute, disprove. See Confute.

Origin: F. Refuter, L. Refuteare to repel, refute. Cf. Confute, Refuse to deny.


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What do you do when talking to creationists?

... this? Descent from a common ancestor is a natural explanation. What is the creationist explanation for such natural groups? I generally try to refute this by bringing up the most common "example" of irreducible complexity, the bacterial flagellum, and then telling the person that ...

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by FriarBroccoli
Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:40 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: What do you do when talking to creationists?
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What do you do when talking to creationists?

... In particular I'd appreciate help arguing against the following two points: 1. Irreducible complexity disproves evolution. I generally try to refute this by bringing up the most common "example" of irreducible complexity, the bacterial flagellum, and then telling the person that ...

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by Dubnium105
Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:08 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: What do you do when talking to creationists?
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Re:

... evidence of a "creator" by direct or indirect measurements or observations, therefore no evidence can be collected to support or refute any hypothesis generated from the theory. Because creationism is not testable, it is classified as "beliefs" and require "faith" ...

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by Cat
Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Are evolution and creationism mutually exclusive???
Replies: 24
Views: 14988

Are evolution and creationism mutually exclusive???

... evidence of a "creator" by direct or indirect measurements or observations, therefore no evidence can be collected to support or refute any hypothesis generated from the theory. Because creationism is not testable, it is classified as "beliefs" and require "faith" ...

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by daddyjames
Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:24 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Are evolution and creationism mutually exclusive???
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Views: 14988

Re: Evolution is not Darwinian

... you will need to be more careful how you say things. Mechanisms such as HGT complicate our attempts at phylogenetic reconstruction. They don't refute them. HGT does not fit well into the neo-Darwinian synthesis. Most scientists who have written on HGT are now calling for an extended synthesis ...

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by wbla3335
Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution is not Darwinian
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