If we set up science as just another belief system, we weaken its authority and dilute the power of our knowledge. If our "I believe" is heard in the sense of uncertainty, that weakens the strength of our assertion even more. We could, and I think should, excise the word "believe" from our vocabulary when talking about science.
posted by mr_roboto:
Evolution is clearly an irrefutably a fact. Species have changed over time; there's absolutely no doubt about this simple fact. You might as well be skeptical about the color of the sky.
Evolution is just a word that means "biological change over time". That's the sum total of its significance. It's not meaningless: it means "the changes in the traits of a biological population from generation to generation". That's the meaning. The changes are evolution. Evolution is the changes.
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