For I am well aware that scarcely a single point is discussed in this volume on which facts cannot be adduced, often apparently leading to conclusions directly opposite to those at which I have arrived. A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question; and this cannot possibly be here done.   ~ Charles Darwin  

There can be no observations without an immense apparatus of preexisting theory. Before sense experiences become "observations" we need a theoretical question, and what counts as a relevant observation depends upon a theoretical frame into which it is to be placed. Repeatable observations that do not fit into an existing frame have a way of disappearing from view, and the experiments that produced them are not revisited. ~ Richard Lewontin 

In scientific controversies, there is rarely any argument about facts. It is rather their interpretation that is controversial.  ~ Ernst Mayr

Many of the great discoveries in science were achieved not just by experimentalists who produced new factual knowledge, but by theoreticians who taught us to think differently about what we already know. ~ Stephen Meyer 

 

 

 

 

Theists and atheists live in the same world and experience the same facts. 

 

 

The same methods of investigation are available to everyone. 

 

 

The data does not come with clearly defined labels attached.

 

 

 

Our assumptions will lead to different interpretations of the same evidence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We interpret the same evidence through different lenses.

 

 

 

 

 

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that. ~ John Stuart Mill

 

 

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