FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE: Whoever controls the definition of words, controls...
No, there isn't any more to the above sentence. The person, group, government, or whoever... whoever controls the definition of certain words, will be the ones who are in control of not just the conversation, but our minds and actions. We see that in politics all the time. We see it in religious cults. And this how propaganda works, redefining words so they create the desired mental images. And this is how evolution is "proven." Evolution is not about science. It has everything to do defining the way you think about God and yourself. And it all starts with the definition of the word "evolution."
This may be the most important stop on our museum tour.
The photograph above shows part of a page from the 1840 edition of Webster's Dictionary. It's the page with the definition of the word evolution. Darwin would not publish "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle For Life" for another 19 years.
100 years later in the 1942 Webster's Dictionary (below) the definition has changed to include Darwinian evolution, and it's not a bad definition:
"That theory which sees in the history of all things, organic and inorganic, a development from simplicity to complexity, a gradual advance from a simple or rudimentary condition to one that is more complex and of a higher character."
This definition is fairly accurate representation of what most people bring to mind when they hear the word "evolution."
Another 78 years later in 2020, the Merriam-Webster definition is:
"Descent with modification from preexisting species: cumulative inherited change in a population of organisms through time leading to the appearance of new forms the process by which new species or populations of living things develop from preexisting forms through successive generations."
There is a secondary definition:
"The scientific theory explaining the appearance of new species and varieties through the action of various biological mechanisms (such as natural selection, genetic mutation or drift, and hybridization)."
The above definition is a good definition that applies to “species.” However, as a definition of the word “evolution” this is a straight out lie. And that's how they "prove" evolution happened. The definition they use does not actually define evolution. Properly defining “evolution” using the framework of the above definition, requires the word “species” to be replaced by “genus” or better yet “domain.” That truly describes evolution. Evolution requires that a life form in one domain change to become a life form in a new domain. That is not change at the species level.
Why the change?
Because in the 1940's we began to understand the complexity of the cell and genetics. It would become apparent that the 1942 definition was not supported by the evidence.