Unable to call “missing links” missing links


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Opinion reads: The solution, I think, is not to use the phrase at all. There are other ways to express the same concept in the appropriate circumstances that don’t trigger the mistaken conception that evolution proceeds as a ladder. One can speak simply of a gap in the record being filled in, for example. This is especially important because “missing link” is almost always used wrongly when it is used.

Every branch of study must face limitations, and it is a sad day when these limitations cannot be freely admitted. There is nothing wrong to admit that scientific knowledge is incomplete, unless it is claimed that the theory is complete and represents settled science!

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