Darwinism Must Die So That Evolution May Live
By NY TIMES, CARL SAFINA
Added: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 00:00:00 UTC
Thanks to Mark for the link.
âYou care for nothing but shooting, dogs and rat-catching,â Robert Darwin told his son, âand you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family.â Yet the feckless boy is everywhere. Charles Darwin gets so much credit, we canât distinguish evolution from him.
Equating evolution with Charles Darwin ignores 150 years of discoveries, including most of what scientists understand about evolution. Such as: Gregor Mendelâs patterns of heredity (which gave Darwinâs idea of natural selection a mechanism — genetics — by which it could work); the discovery of DNA (which gave genetics a mechanism and lets us see evolutionary lineages); developmental biology (which gives DNA a mechanism); studies documenting evolution in nature (which converted the hypothetical to observable fact); evolutionâs role in medicine and disease (bringing immediate relevance to the topic); and more.
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