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Darwin's Doubt

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Heard an interview with the author of this new book yesterday.

    The author makes a case for Intelligent Design. Does Intelligent Design fill in the gaps in Darwin's theory?

    Two takes:

  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I'm more interested in hearing if one really believes the Intelligent Bullshit he's posting.

    Just quit it, dude.
  4. I love how "Darwinist" is used as a pejorative. In 2013.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    While not doubting or evolution, nor certainly arguing for Biblical creation, I think it's fair to discuss Darwin's specific theories/findings.

    They have some holes, right?

    But, conventional wisdom seems to hold that he answered all the questions 175 years ago. Did he?

    While the author may take a leap as to how to fill in the gaps, I think it's an interesting question. We still don't have all the answers.
  6. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    No. It doesn't.
  7. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Sure it does.

    Granted, most folks don't spend a lot of time pondering evolution. But, part of the reason for that is because they don't know how many gaps there are. A lot of piece of the puzzle are missing. And, the author would argue that even Darwin would be surprised by the number of pieces still missing.
  8. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    It really doesn't.

  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    OK. What's the conventional wisdom regarding Darwin's Theory of Evolution?
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    The conventional wisdom regarding Darwin's Theory of Evolution is that he got the broad sweep pretty much correct, but that there was plenty he could not yet explain. That's how science works. Hypothesis is formed. Hypothesis is tested. Hypothesis becomes a theory. Theory is built upon.

    Why aren't you holding Frances Crick and James Watson to this same exacting standard? They only made their discovery 60 years ago, and it was admittedly incomplete. Is Crick and Watson's work, therefore, null and void? When is the National Review article on that? Galileo made his how many centuries ago, regarding the heliocentric nature of the solar system. Is the "conventional wisdom" that Galileo knew about Pluto's unusual orbit? And, if not, does that undermine Galileo's entire theory? When is the Fox News special? Has anyone alerted Rick Warren?

    If the "conventional wisdom" is that Darwin nailed every detail nearly 200 years ago, then that means that the scientific community, and the public at large, believes that Charles Darwin accomplished something that no other scientist did ever.
  11. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Pseudoscience junk. It's probably a best-seller only in the sense that large Christisn/conservative organizations bought up a messload to pump up its credibility.
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    You boys have been smoking that dope again, aintcha?
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