I watched the original series Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" tonight.
In this episode, Spock said, "The actual theory is that all life-forms evolved from the lower
levels to the more advanced stages."
This highlights my scientific objection to Evolution; I
see lots of "change" in life forms, in the fossil record, in
everyday experience, in the lab, in historical records, but that
change is overwhelmingly downward, somewhat lateral, and never
unambiguously upward. Cave fish lose their eyes, serpents lose
their legs, bacteria lose the ability to process a chemical which
makes them less fit overall but allows them to survive in a
weakened state in a small niche environment of antibiotic
chemicals; finch beaks lengthen one year and shrink the next, only
to lengthen again the next year, as weather/environmental
conditions change from year to year; robust mutt dogs "evolve"
into weaker but more specialized breeds, gaining perhaps a longer
body suitable for digging mice out of mice-holes, but at the cost
of weaker spines and shorter lives. When it can be demonstrated
that some natural process (random genetic mutations, or hereditary
passing of acquired characteristics, or whatever) can generate
new, never-before-seen functions and organs and capabilities, not
just on a "here's a possible candidate" rare exception basis, but
on a "this is the rule rather than the exception" basis, then I'll
be able to consider Evolution as a more viable concept.
Simply put, the evidence is lacking.
And the inability to distinguish between upward evolution and
downward or lateral evolution, using the same term to describe all
three phenomena, is what makes most people believe Evolution is
true. The evolutionary proponents take advantage of this
inability, "moving the goalposts" so to speak, by claiming in
their books, documentaries, museum displays, etc, that "Evolution"
(in the sense of upward progress) is a fact supported by a wealth
of evidence, and then they trot at as evidence examples of lateral
and/or downward "evolution".