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The Theory of Evolution

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Being in Biology this year, we're learning about the structure of life. We're learning about molecular biology, including cells and their organelles, viruses, classification and so much more. One of the chapters in my Biology textbook, one that I cannot wait to start learning about, is about the Theory of Evolution.

After I read UnclGhost's article called "Intelligent Design . . . Or Is It?" I was a little shocked. He had only mentioned two ways life could have formed, when there are really several. Sure, there are four major categories, but you can combine some and twist some and come out with a completely new theory. Creationism, Scientific Evolution, Spontaneous Generation and Panspermia are just the four basic categories.

Creationism is probably the most widely believed, since most of us have been going to church our entire life, and that's what we've been taught. The book of Genesis teaches about Creationism. Well, how did humans come to evolve in this theory? Remember Adam and Eve and their two kids? That's how the church teaches evolution: God creating man and woman and the entire world's population all going back to them.

Scientific Evolution is what is taught in the science classroom. That amino acids were formed. As we all (should) know, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and proteins are the building blocks of all living things. Scientific Evolution also includes that we humans evolved from monkeys (which isn't hard to believe in some cases! ;D)

Spontaneous Generation is dead, however, some people still believe in it. Basically, it says that living things came from non-living things. This theory came to be back when people didn't understand much about biology or other sciences. Someone actually had a recipe for producing mice, which was basically leaving out different foods including cheeses and in a month you'll have mice. Now we can officially say "well no duh" to that theory.

Panspermia is, by far, one of the weirdest. It says that we came from other beings in outer space. For example, if people from Mars landed here on Earth and lived here and created a new species, than we would have evolved from Panspermia. People believe this, and if we find life on other planets or other places in the universe, it could become more likely.

Well, there you go. The four basic categories of evolution. While Scientific Evolution and Creationism are at the top of the list, there are people who believe in Spontaneous Generation and Panspermia, just like there are people who still believe the Earth is flat.

If you want to know what I believe in, I don't believe in any of them. Not a single one. That doesn't mean that I'm not religious, because I am, and it doesn't mean that I hate biology either, because I don't. What I'm saying is not that we just appeared out of no where; I'm saying that I've combined some to create my own version of the Theory of Evolution.

I combined Scientific Evolution and Creationism into one. I believe in the book of Genesis and I believe in Scientific Evolution. However, I don't believe that one of those could have just spurred human life forms. Personally, I don't believe that science caused humans to happen. I believe that God created what was necessary for proteins to begin building human life forms. Now, by saying that, I'm not trying to start a religious debate, nor am I trying to say what UnclGhost said was wrong. I am just merely adding on to it and saying that I believe in.

My friend, Amy, and I cannot wait until we start learning about evolution in my biology class, basically because we want to know what my teacher thinks. He says he believes in Creationism, but my school won't allow the teaching of it, so he's forced to talk to us and teach us about Scientific Evolution.

Anyways, Whyvillians, take the time to decide what you believe in. Have something legit to back it up. Don't believe something "just because." If someone asks you what you believe and you tell them and they ask why, you should be able to answer it using something other than "just because," or something along those lines.

This is bluebag, going to label parts of the cell
(I'm racking my brain for a new, improved way to let you know that you're mean than what I know how to say . . .)


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