Revolting Evolutionists

More trouble for folks like Ed Darrell who claim that the theory of evolution was conceived perfectly by Darwin and has never been seriously questioned:

“Oh sure natural selection’s been demonstrated. . . the interesting point, however, is that it has rarely if ever been demonstrated to have anything to do with evolution in the sense of long-term changes in populations. . . . Summing up we can see that the import of the Darwinian theory of evolution is just unexplainable caprice from top to bottom. What evolves is just what happened to happen.” [Stanley Salthe]

Oh, I know what you want to say: “There you go again, twisting the words of an evolutionist to make it sound like some intelligent people doubt the inimitable, heroic genius of Darwin.” No, I just want to highlight the fact that scientific paradigms change, and if you think that certain scientific conclusions are eternal, universal laws, you are going to be disappointed.

From David Coppedge:

  • The central story of Darwin [is] wrong in a way that can’t be repaired. (Mazur summarizing Fodor)
  • 99.99% of the population have no idea what the theory of natural selection is. (Fodor)
  • The import of the Darwinian theory of evolution is just unexplainable caprice from top to bottom. (Salthe)
  • [There is] reluctance to scientists being discouraged about taking a chance on ideas originating outside their peer group plus their dependence on government grants – which are tied-in to support for natural selection. (Pivar)
  • Self-organization mingles with natural selection in barely understood ways to yield the magnificence of our teeming biosphere. (Kauffman)
  • Astrobiology doesn’t exist.  What are the laws? (Fodor)
  • Natural selection [is used] carelessly as a mantra, as in the evidence-free “just-so stories” concocted out of thin air by mentally lazy adaptationists. (Gould)
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