Fair enough. You're a rational skeptic.<quoted text>
Yes, RR, I am.
It wasn't spoon fed to me. I was a Christian when I took my only biology class in high school. I did well, but I didn't retain much.
Most of what I learned about evolution I learned after becoming a rational skeptic. What makes evolution a fact is that it happens, and it is undeniable, like gravity.
So? Do they guess that the missing section was a school bus with rockets? No. Their guesses are educated ones, and they remember that they were guesses instead of actual observations.
One thing that science does well (I'm personifying) is accept the quality of its pronouncements. A guess remains a guess, or a hypothesis, until it earns a greater status.
I accept it because it all adds up. Up to the limits of my understanding, I have found nothing to cast doubt on the theory.
Most criticisms of the ToE are arguments from ignorance or straw men. The opposition have literally nothing to stand on but their own willful ignorance and bias. They usually reject it first, before knowing much of anything about it, then look for justification later. This is one of many examples of how the mechanisms that protect faith are damaging.
I have my doubts about ToE, though. And you might be surprised they aren't Biblically based.
Wings are a strange one. Why would evolution go from no wings to wings? It'd take millions of years for animals to evolve sings and in the process the "winglets" would be useless. Conclusion: a useless adaptation for millions of years?
The missing links, which you criticize. Scientists line up five or ten ape skulls then have a human skull at the end. The gaps are too big in between the skulls to say 1, 2, 3.... It's more like 1, 167, 2356....
The Cambrian Explosion. We've found deep within the earth layers of fossilized bacteria. Right near that layer we find a variety of species, including vertebrates. Whereís the missing link between the bacteria and all those species?(The missing links you don't like...)
Humans. I mean, c'mon. Humans are unlike any other creature on this planet. Our closest 'relatives' can't even speak let alone create what humans have created. I think is apes and man have a common ancestor, why did only the human evolve into the intelligent creature that we are.