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jazzyie | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM via web

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Which had more impact, the telephone or the theory of evolution?

Which had more impact telephone or therory of evolution?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM (Answer #2)

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There's no real comparison here.  The theory of evolution is not something that changes one's every day life.  Many people in the US get by without even believing it.  By contrast, the telephone changed essentially everyone's life.  You couldn't just ignore its impact the way you can ignore the intellectual impact of the theory of evolution.

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catd1115 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted April 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM (Answer #3)

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I think it depends on how you define impact. The telephone (as mentioned above) has changed the everyday life of almost everyone. It has made global communication instantaneous, cheap and easy. However the theory of evolution changed the entire paradigm under which most humans live. The idea that we, humans, evolved over time, along with other species changed the way in we most people view the world. It changed the way science was studied. In addition, it is one the few scientific theories that is still hotly debated and contested. Anyone who has ever taught school in a highly Christian area knows that this is not a dead debate. For most people in the world the theory of evolution was huge step from a world where life and thought were based upon religious ideas, to a the mainly more secular world we live in today, based in large part upon science. While the telephone has changed our everyday life in such a short period of time, the theory of evolution continues to have a long impact in how we think, live and study.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM (Answer #4)

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I would say easily the telephone, especially if you consider the way smart phones with internet connectivity are revolutionizing the way people communicate and stay connected.  Your phone can be used to talk to anyone around the globe, text, pay your bills, do your work, or access you home computer.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM (Answer #5)

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Ask this question in 100 years and you'll get laughed at for asking a no-brainer.

The discovery of evolution cracked open the truth about Biology and led directly to the discovery of DNA. Genetic technology is in its infancy, but it is already offering massive potential. It is predicted that the genetic revolution will have more impact than the silicon revoultion. So that's a more massive impact than computers and the internet.

Add to that the fact that evolution clearly and simply explained how we came to be and proved that life on Earth occored without a designer and, basically, made Humans animals, not gods. So that's the second massive impact. Evolution put a huge, possibly fatal hole in religion's claims.

Now... Phones... a popular communication device. Influential, certainly, but, as i said, Check again in 100 years, by which time we'll be using organic-cyborg AI networks. (but we won't be using 'phones')

 

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:14 AM (Answer #6)

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I would go with your arguments Frizzy, had there not existed the scinces of biology and atomic research before the theory of evolution. And what scientists say about evolution is as under:

"Scientists who go about teaching that evolution is a fact of life are great con-men, and the story they are telling may be the greatest hoax ever." - Dr. T. N. Tahmisian, Atomic Energy Commission, USA.

"Evolution is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless." - Professor Louis Bounoure, Director of Research, National Center of Scientific Research.

"[Evolutionary theory] is still, as it was in Darwin's time, a highly speculative hypothesis entirely without direct factual support . . . " - Michael Denton, molecular biologist

"Each cell in the human body contains more information than in all thirty volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. It's certainly reasonable to make the inference that this isn't the random product of unguided nature, but it's the unmistakable sign of an Intelligent Designer." - Walter L. Bradley, The Mystery of Life's Origin

http://www.jameswatkins.com/evolution.htm

One may also refer to link below for further information.

http://www.ucg.org/science/dna-tiny-code-thats-toppling-evolution/

Frizzy, please do not attibute every thing to theory of evolution so that you are not laughed at.

It is not the theory of evolution, it is surely the telephone.

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geenamae | Student | eNoter

Posted May 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM (Answer #16)

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Ask this question in 100 years and you'll get laughed at for asking a no-brainer.

The discovery of evolution cracked open the truth about Biology and led directly to the discovery of DNA. Genetic technology is in its infancy, but it is already offering massive potential. It is predicted that the genetic revolution will have more impact than the silicon revoultion. So that's a more massive impact than computers and the internet.

Add to that the fact that evolution clearly and simply explained how we came to be and proved that life on Earth occored without a designer and, basically, made Humans animals, not gods. So that's the second massive impact. Evolution put a huge, possibly fatal hole in religion's claims.

Now... Phones... a popular communication device. Influential, certainly, but, as i said, Check again in 100 years, by which time we'll be using organic-cyborg AI networks. (but we won't be using 'phones')

 

I am in complete agreement with this post. The benefits which have occured from the Theorey of Evolution could be discussed for weeks. Plus the major impact it had on the decline of the church and the lessening of its opressive abilities in the prevention of free expression is major. 

The importance of phones is temporary. The theorey of evolution kick started whole new ways of thinking.

 

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coryengle | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted May 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM (Answer #17)

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Definitely the Theory of Evolution - that is, unless you're so completely oblivious to the world around you that you don't "believe in it." Darwin took us from a world in which we were special and separate from animals, to a modern era in which the idea of Creation is silly and irrelevant. In this way, I would compare it to heliocentrism; just as we are no longer the center and focal point of the universe, even more significantly, it turns out we're not even a far biological stretch from orangutans and chimpanzees.

Of course, these impacts are felt most obviously in the intellectual realm, so people who can't find time between games of Angry Birds to pick up a book might be tempted to dismiss Evolution's importance. To them, yes, the telephone is probably more important.

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lenahong114 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM (Answer #18)

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The telephone has obviously had more impact because it is a patentable product and the other choice is a theory which may or may not prove to be true. The phone has brought people closer together, saved lives through rapid response from calls of help, enabled people of all ages anywhere in the world to contact each other and become closer, solve problems, rekindle old friendships and loves, and can be used for everything from home shopping to calls of help to the fire department.

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ammoorah123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 22, 2012 at 6:57 PM (Answer #20)

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telephone. The theory of evolution is just that a theory and many religions dont accept this and either way if there was evolution then why isnt anything happening right now......so i would have to agree the telephone

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thetimo18 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM (Answer #21)

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The theory of evolution was more important to society to the telephone because the theory of evolution lead to the creation of the telephone. The telephone was created by the Industrial Revolution and the Industrial Revolution was created by the theory of evolution of minds from farming in towns. This is why the theory of evolution is more important to society to the telephone because the telephone came from the theory of evolution.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM (Answer #22)

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The discoveries and Darwin's argument for the theory of evolution by means of Natural Selection had an absolutely tremendous impact upon generations of people who viewed life from an entirely different perspective thereafter. Here is what one encyclopedia states,

Discoveries in evolutionary biology have made a significant impact not just within the traditional branches of biology, but also in other academic disciplines (e.g., anthropology and psychology) and on society at large.

Certainly, Social Darwinism has had a tremendous impact upon societies, at least until Great Society ideologies began to prevail so that the fittest would not survive.

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jennacurtis | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM (Answer #23)

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I believe the telephone had more impact. The telephone is used by almost everyone in the world, excluding developing countries. Although the telephone and evolution are very different I believe evolution has barely impacted the world. Many people have a dogmatic perspective of "creation". The only people that evolution largely impacts are scientist. Evolution is still a theory so people are less likely to dwell on it. Telephones on the other hand, were a reason our planet became a small world. The ability to contact someone across the globe instantly, grew corporations and maintained distance relationships. The phone can also be life saving in case of emergencies. It even helped connect us to the internet and was the foundation of many more inventions. 

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darkblade106 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM (Answer #25)

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Which had more impact, the telephone or the theory of evolution?

Which had more impact telephone or therory of evolution?

This seems like a just for fun question but anyways thats easy the theory of evolution because Alexander grahm bell did put lots of work and study into his research but Darwin actually did his research travelled to the gallapagos islands and performed tests on the galapagos turtles and some of the other animals there sch as their birds then he went back to england after travelling almost around the world and finished his studies there so to me it seems like Darwin did more research the Alexander, and it should be basic knowlege that how homosapiens got here and how we evolved would be better than how one homosapien invented a communication device. I'm in 9th grade if ur in college shouldn't you know this stuff.

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 10, 2012 at 1:30 AM (Answer #26)

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I love your posts, Fizzyperm. 

I'd have to say the Theory of Evolution. This one theory, derived by Darwin, changed the way humanity has thought about the world, how it was made and its contents significantly. One thousand years ago, unless used in poetry, you'd be ridiculed for comparing man to beast such as an ape. Now, as we have discovered that we are genetically related, we accept it. I believe, this knowledge has by far altered our society in a positive way.

The telephone has given humanity the opportunity to communicate with ease over short and long distance, but mobile phones seem to be taking its place. The telephone will probably cease to exist in the many years to come, but the Theory of Evolution will stay with us for a long time.

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howieheim | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:56 AM (Answer #27)

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I believe i have been raped by a bear while, camping in the woods in search for my animal spirit. Can i file a lawsuit or in islamic terms am i suppose to marry the bear because, i stopped having periods recently. I am getting oddly overweight and i throw up alot during the morning. I feel the spirit of the bear within me.

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alphawolf9 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted June 16, 2012 at 5:37 AM (Answer #28)

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i would say the telephone...

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted June 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM (Answer #29)

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In reply to 27:

It may be some sort of sarcasm but you are grossly misinformed about Islam:

"Can i file a lawsuit or in islamic terms am i suppose to marry the bear..." Howiehiem

In Islam rape is considered as an act of terrorism and has a punishment for it accordingly. I would not elaborate this further as it will not be relevant to the topic.

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homin007 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted September 8, 2012 at 3:05 AM (Answer #30)

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I believe that theories-- valid or not and changeable-- and inventions are separate things, not to be compared and put in the same bracket.

Theories are abstract ideas that may or may not lead to technological developments, and thus 'inventions'. So let's not mix them up, please, folks!

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