I want the truth!
I don’t have anything against Darwin. He came up with a pretty solid body of research, and hypothesized based on what he saw, and came up with a theory that has energized and invigorated the scientific community for 150 years now. And much of it is illuminating and useful in expanding the body of knowledge of the human race. I might even add that he was mostly right based on the information he had available at that time. He just didn’t have anything near the information we have today.
As a result, there are cracks starting to appear in the grand paradigm he built, and it’s time to move beyond the dogmas of a bygone era and go where the evidence is leading. We who are truly interested in finding the truth are tired of being told what we are allowed to think. The most vocal and militant in the scientific community and academia have devised rules that are designed to shrink the world, not make it bigger or better. They are arrogant and condescending in their rhetoric, and they spare no opportunity to put us poor, uneducated non-scientists in our place.
You can’t handle the truth!
Many, many geniuses in the past have tried to suppress the truth. If you’re one of them, this might be a picture of you.
But it does not have to be that way. You say ID is not science. Fine. No problem. It’s something, though, not nothing, and it is not going to go away. Let me just list a few of the problems you guys are going to have to deal with sooner or later.
- Information Encoding – The coded information in DNA defies explanation from a Darwinian perspective. It is vastly more complex than anything we have come up with so far in digital information. Bill Gates says it’s like a computer program, but far, far more advanced.
- Metaphysical Prejudice – Since the question of how life got started in the first place is not known, we must all start with a set of metaphysical presumptions. We cannot know, so we have to guess. The metaphysical prejudice Darwin had was one that allowed him to believe in no god, and still feel intellectually fulfilled. We Christians have a similar problem in that we want an origin of life paradigm that allows us to believe in God, and we too want to feel intellectually fulfilled. But not all on the side of ID are Christians. The few scientists brave enough to suffer the insults and harassment want only the truth. And the evidence has been persistently and inconveniently cropping up on the side of ID. Honest researchers acknowledge their bias. Dishonest ones say the bias does not exist.
- Origin of life – Darwin frankly had nothing but speculation on the origin of life, and he wasn’t at all confident that he had a workable theory. Many Darwinists have theorized that life started spontaneously – a result of chemicals being stimulated by the right conditions in a “primordial soup”. The famous Stanley Miller experiment, which reportedly succeeded in generating amino acids (necessary to life) has subsequently been repeated numerous times without meaningful success. In other words, even with the help of an intelligent agent (the researchers who set and maintained the right conditions) we have been unable to show spontaneous generation of life. The claim that it is only a matter of time before it is demonstrated is a faith statement, not science.
- The fossil record – If we can all trace our ancestry back to a single original life form, where are the transitionary fossils? In spite of 150 years of hard work by a lot of people, the evidence for them is extraordinarily scarce, and most of it is highly suspect. The high-profile discovery “Lucy” is a less than compelling proof of an ape-like ancestor to man. Worse, the evidence does not support gradual change over long periods. Rather a large number of new species not previously thought to exist seem to appear suddenly, with no apparent predecessor. The infamous “Cambrian Explosion” shows large numbers of new and much more complex species appearing within a very short period of time, seemingly out of nowhere. And it was accompanied by a major diversification of other organisms, including animals, phytoplankton, and calcimicrobes.
- Descent from a single ancestor – Here again, the evidence simply has not appeared to support this theory. Many decades of research by many biologists have failed to show that a fruit fly can be a predecessor to a different species. Evolutionary experiments on fruit fly generations have supported the idea of microevolution – change over time within a species – but not macroevolution, where new species are formed. One prominent biologist has said recently that the time has come to move beyond the Doctrine of Common Descent.
There are three main facets of the Darwinian thesis: Change over time, universal common descent, and the ‘doctrine’ of natural selection. Of the three, only change over time was a postulation that Darwin made based on the empirical evidence. It should be pointed out, however, that even the change over time that he observed and catalogued was change within species. Universal common descent was a huge leap of faith he made that connected two other observations – that species seemed to appear in the fossil record without explanation, and that species tended to become more complex over time. Darwin was trying to find evidence of his grand postulation – that evolution explained the origin of man, not God. So what he looked for was evidence that supported his claim. When he found none, he guessed – er, he postulated.
And the grandest leap of faith he made was when he linked the two things – species appear suddenly, and species become increasingly complex over time. He assumed that the two observations were somehow correlated – that there was common causation. All that was then needed was to doodle it up into a “tree of life”, similar to this one. That leap of faith was one of the most disastrous for the human race ever.
That leaves the third and final facet – natural selection. There’s not much to say about this one, except that it was another statement of faith that Darwin made. He was not able to see the evidence for natural selection, but he expected it to be found.
We’re still waiting. Guess we’ll have to just keep the faith.