Being a biologist, I don't see how you can look at evolution as a fact.
I look upon very few things as fact, so don't put words in my mouth. "Well didst thou speak, Athena's wisest son: 'All that we know is, nothing can be known."
- Lord Byron
That said, all of our current knowledge does point to evolution, regardless of the very origins of life, and there is pretty much no
evidence for any alternative theory. Which leads to the logical conclusion, "until proven otherwise...."
If you really take a step back and think about life and even the idea behind evolution, it doesn't make sense.
But it does, really, and it's the only (current) explanation that makes sense. Unless you want to side with the Scientologists and say aliens put us here.
Since evolution was supposed to have happened over millions/billions of years, how would a species benefit from the useless beginnings of things we have today. Like say, eyes or ears. Please tell me how a hole in the head where the ears are, would benefit a creature who could hear no sound. Or little sound. All it would be, in theory, is a vessel for bacteria, ect. Would the idea be that sound was more useful to avoid predators? And that the offset would be that the predators would kill far less of the creatures than the bacteria, ect that the hole let in?
Don't discount and criticize things you don't understand. We already went through this with the eye. You've got to look at how simpler organisims hear. They don't have a "hole in the head." Take the case of fish: They have Weberian ossicles (the equivalent of our maleus/incus/stapes) connected to the swim bladder that allows them both to sense vibrations and to hear. Functions similar to our ear, but probably actually more sensitive, and structured rather differently.
All the good articles I can find are by payment only. So if you've got $20 to blow, Google the search terms and read to your heart's content about the evolution of the ear as evidenced in the fossil record.
To tide you over, here are some crappy ones: From Jaw to Ear: Transition Fossil Reveals Ear Evolution in Action: Scientific American Our ears once breathed [evolution of ears] Evolution of mammalian auditory ossicles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Like I said earlier, it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in God. Also, since you have been educated in this subject, please provide one verifiable example of CROSS SPECIES evolution.
Darwin's Galapagos finches.
If you're asking for one within your lifetime, sorry, but changes take far too long. You yourself admit that it requires millions or billions of years for a new species to occur....so considering that evolutionary theory is only 150 years old, you're just not going to see any noticeable differences in that time. It all has to be retrospective, but phylogenetics (DNA/protein similarities) and the fossil record confirms the cross-species changes. Or how about fish again? Take two bodies of water, very close to one another, but with no overland connections and no ease of access for swimming fish. They're essentially isolated populations.
We've got this scenario down here in the Ozarks. In one drainage basin, you've got the duskystripe shiner:
And in the other, you've got the bleeding shiner:
The two fish are practically indistinguishable. They occupy the same niche. Genetically, they are nearly identical--but not quite. And there is no cross-breeding, and has not been for some time....so the last common ancestor was when the two groups split, and now you've got two species
where before there was one. Bleeding and Duskystripe Shiners, by David L. Hall
Sure, you'll bring up viruses but you already stated that there is a dispute as to whether or not they're even alive. Since all evolution didn't happen during the single cell phase of life, there must be an answer.
Oooh, pick me pick me!
Over 13,000 views on YouTube and plenty of grateful high school students. Plus extra credit in my Genetics class for a two-hour over-Thanksgiving project with three good friends. Mission accomplished. Of course, it makes a little more sense if you watch it on YouTube and read the video description.
After all, it's been stated that apes and humans have a common ancestor. Surely it doesn't go back to the swamp. :)
Nope. Goes back to the ocean, more likely.