On evolution and other subjects, this promotes a stale conservatism, well suited to defending orthodoxies.
Words, even meaningless words, have the power to create their own virtual realities in our minds.
Most journalists who write about evolution appear to have made their choice to be flacks and toadies for the godlike biologists.
This punctuated, even saltational increase in hominid skull sizes over time continues to be recognized in the literature.
Think of cars. A Tesla and a Cadillac share many features — but of course, none of that means that Teslas blindly evolved from Cadillacs, or vice versa.