Friday, June 12, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

David Warren on the Scandal of Darwinism: "The scandal is that the most primitive unicellular organisms discoverable on this planet are already monstrously complex, and already require genomic instructions that could fill telephone directories. Under some circumstances I'm willing to be a putz, & say, 'yes, that's the product of trial and error, & it just happened to work out nicely,' but this is too much for me. I am simply not capable of credulity on that scale."

Denise O'Leary on the Metaphysics of Dog Breeding: "Darwinism predicts that there are no taxonomic limits to variation. However, every breeding experiment of the last 100 years that attempts to see how far variation can go (E. coli, drosophila, etc.) always encounters limits beyond which further change is not possible. Thus, the fundamental prediction of Darwinian theory has been consistently falsified in a century's worth of experimental testing. Dog breeding, itself, encounters these limits...The bottom line is that dog breeding, and the observed limits to variation within dogs, falsifies the most important prediction of Darwinian theory."

Robert Higgs on "The Trouble with Science:" "Researchers who employ unorthodox methods or theoretical frameworks have great difficulty under modern conditions in getting their findings published in the 'best' journals or, at times, in any scientific journal. Scientific innovators or creative eccentrics always strike the great mass of practitioners as nutcases – until their findings become impossible to deny, which often occurs only after one generation's professional ring-masters have died off. Science is an odd undertaking: everybody strives to make the next breakthrough, yet when someone does, he is often greeted as if he were carrying the Ebola virus. Too many people have too much invested in the reigning ideas; for those people an acknowledgment of their own idea's bankruptcy is tantamount to an admission that they have wasted their lives. Often, perhaps to avoid cognitive dissonance, they never admit that their ideas were wrong. Most important, as a rule, in science as elsewhere, to get along, you must go along."

Barry Arrington Explains “My Views in a Nutshell:” A good 5-minute summary of why I.D. is superior to Darwinism.

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