A theory is a model or idea which doesn't have sufficient evidence to prove that it is true.
A fact is proven to be true beyond reasonable doubt.
Evolution is a fact since it has overwhelming evidence supporting it. And yet some people are still are not convinced.
- I believe in evolution80% (12)94% (16)88% (28)Vote
- No I dont believe in evolution20% (3)0% (0)9% (3)Vote
- Results0% (0)6% (1)3% (1)Vote
Most Helpful Girl
The issue you're running into is a pretty common one, and it's essentially an issue of confusing the common meaning of the word with the scientific one. "Theory" in this sense is a scientific term, it doesn't just mean a possible but not certain explanation, as it does in common language. In science, a theory is seen as just as valid as a law, but they explain different things. Essentially, a law says THAT something happens, while a theory explains HOW it happens. Evolution is the explanation of HOW organisms change over time, so it's a theory. So yes, it's fact, but it's also a theory in the scientific sense of the word.2
Most Helpful Guy
Evolution is both a theory and a fact. Gravitational attraction is a fact. And the theory of gravity is just that --- a highly successful theory.9