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Friday, July 28, 2006

Ernst Mayr at the millennium: A study in misplaced triumphalism

Darwinian evolutionist Ernst Mayr wrote in Scientific American in 2000:

"Let me now try to summarize my major findings. No educated person any longer questions the validity of the so-called theory of evolution, which we now know to be a simple fact. Likewise, most of Darwin's particular theses have been fully confirmed, such as that of common descent, the gradualism of evolution, and his explanatory theory of natural selection."
(Mayr E.W., "Darwin's Influence on Modern Thought," Scientific American, Vol. 283, No. 1, pp.67-71, July 2000, p.71)


Note how Mayr has smeared the "so-called theory of evolution" (why "so-called"?) together with the facts of the history of life. He makes clear that he does indeed think that the theory can be identical with the history of life that it is theory about and that Darwin's is the only viable theory.

This bunkum entanglement was the characteristic of Darwinist communications that first attracted my attention as a journalist years ago, together with the hordes of well-meaning churchgoing scientists who rushed to defend it. The best way to unpack such statements is to recognize them for what they are: the articles of faith of a creed that admits of no evidence-based doubt.

Read more at Uncommon Descent.

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