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Can I ask when you say Theories, do you mean Scientific Theories? Because they are two completely different things, so 'Just a theory' often wrongly gets used in these arguments.
Quote from: martinvic on March 24, 2019, 11:25 AMCan I ask when you say Theories, do you mean Scientific Theories? Because they are two completely different things, so 'Just a theory' often wrongly gets used in these arguments.I wouldn't agree that they are "completely different things"; rather (to my mind) they represent different points on a continuum. At one end of the spectrum (p tends to zero), one person formulates a theory based purely on his or her personal experience and observations; at the other end (p tends to one), the theory is based on repeatable observations by a significant number of reliable observers. Evolution is "just a theory", as is the existence of God, but whilst there is greater evidence for the former than for the latter, p is neither equal to one in the first case nor to zero in the second.** Phil.
Quote from: jalfreziT on March 24, 2019, 10:20 AMIf you look at government, religious or social policy worldwide, it's mostly about increasing the population. Not entirely sure that is accurate. More, I think, that there is widespread acceptance that limiting a family's choice as to how many children to have is not acceptable, and therefore "we" must ensure that no matter how many are born there will be adequate housing (etc) for them. To the detriment of our countryside, of course, but only the CPRE, "real" farmers (as opposed to those who farm purely for profit) and the odd informed individual care about that ,,,
If you look at government, religious or social policy worldwide, it's mostly about increasing the population.
Just because a theory is supported by mainstream science, it is still "just" a theory; it doesn't gain extra credence just because you preface it with "Scientific". If ever evolution were/could be incontravertibly proven, it would cease to be a theory and become a fact; until then, it remains "just" a theory, no matter what additional adjectives you choose to use with it.
But just taking countries close by here in Europe, governments have gone to incredible lengths to get people to breed more. Russia offered draw entry to win prizes of white goods and cars to parents., Hungary offered zero income tax for life to those who had 4 or more kids, Denmark has had TV advertising to encourage Danes to "breed for Denmark", the Nordics offer large child benefits and subsidised day care. The story is similar in Hong Kong, Korea, India, Japan, etc, etc.