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July 16/07/2001 "`There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry,' he continued. `There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors. Our political life is also predicated on openness. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it and that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. And we know that as long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost, and science can never regress.'" (Barnett, L., "J. Robert Oppenheimer," Life, Vol. 7, No. 9, International Edition, October 24, 1949, pp.52-59, p.58) 16/07/2001 "The more perfect a structure is, the more certain that any random tinkering will be harmful. Even if a piano factory had a very large output of pianos, it could not tune them by giving a monkey a wrench and letting it play with the pegs that hold the strings tight, discarding any instrument untuned. The more exact is the tuning needed, the larger is the proportion that would have to be junked; rarely indeed would the monkey improve a well-tuned instrument. Moreover, junking pianos made nonfunctional would not suffice. If the monkeys jiggered the posts a bit but not enough for the instruments to be discarded, all pianos would become slightly or eventually seriously untuned. That is, the organ would degenerate. This analogy falls short of reality because the well-fashioned eye, for example, is more than a single instrument. It has coordinated systems for tracking, focusing, light control, light registration color perception, and incipient image formation, all of which can anal do sometimes go wrong. An additional complication is that genes have multiple effects, and it is always possible that a gene needed elsewhere may have negative consequences for the eye. It would seem difficult for simple selection to maintain the detailed structure of large gene control networks such as must be responsible for such an intricately integrated organ as the eye, unless the pattern is somehow self-regulatory. Random changes would overwhelm a rather large selection rate, limiting the number of genes that can be maintained as a group (Winstatt and Schank 1988, 239-250). A combination of many genes would be vulnerable to deleterious mutations disturbing the delicate harmony if the structure did not have great powers of repairing mistakes." (Wesson, R.G., "Beyond Natural Selection," , MIT Press: Cambridge MA, Rreprinted, 1994, p.81) 17/07/2001 "These convergent parallels suggest some genetic hard wiring of a universal grammar inside our brains. We fall back on that genetically hardwired universal gram mar if we do not hear another complex grammatical language being spoken around us when we are growing up as children. If, however-like most people-we grow up hearing a normal complex language around us, we learn that language and its grammar, which override our genetically hard- wired universal grammar available under conditions of default." (Diamond, J.M., "The Evolution of Human Creativity," in Campbell, J.H. & Schopf, J.W., eds., "Creative Evolution?!: Proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life at the University of California, Los Angeles, in March, 1993," Jones & Bartlett: London, 1994, p.81) 17/07/2001 "To test his belief that evolution is a constant rather than a punctuated process, McKee now intends to run simulations based on the East African fossil record and see which of the two models is closest to reality. 'Darwin was adamant that climatic change did not cause evolution,' says McKee. 'What I'm saying now is that evolution will occur whether there's climatic change or not. But what did cause evolution, I have no idea." (Armstrong, S., "South Africa - the missing pieces," New Scientist, Vol. 143 No. 1933, 9 July 1994, p.33) 18/07/2001 "There is nothing in the use of the word `day,' by Moses, that requires it to be explained as invariably denoting a period of twenty-four hours; but much to forbid it. The following facts prove this. 1. Day means daylight, in distinction from darkness. Gen. 1:5,16,18. 2. Day means daylight and darkness together. Gen. 1:5. 3. Day mean the six days together. Gen. 2:4. The first day (Gen. 1:5) could not have been measured by the revolution of the sun around the earth, because this was not yet visible. The same variety in signification, is seen in the Mosaic use of the word `earth.' 1. Earth means the entire material universe. Gen. 1:1. 2. Earth means the solar, stellar, and planetary system. Gen. 1:2. 3. Earth means the dry land of the planet earth. Gen. 1:10. 4. Earth means the whole of the planet earth. Gen. 1:15, 17." (Shedd, W.G.T.*, "Dogmatic Theology," , Zondervan: Grand Rapids MI, 1969, Vol. I, reprint, p.476) 19/07/2001 "HBES, the Human Behaviour and Evolution Society .. brings together anthropologists, psychologists, zoologists, sociologists, geneticists, memeticists, economists, philosophers, litterateurs, management consultants and even lawyers, united by one thing only - Darwinism. You might think this would go without saying. Not so. In many social studies departments, Darwin's standing lies somewhere between "Charles who?" and the Antichrist." (Dawkins, R., The Times, June 22, 2001) 19/07/2001 "Such, in outline, but even more purposeless, more void of meaning, is the world which Science presents for our belief. Amid such a world, if anywhere, our ideals henceforward must find a home. That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labours of: the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man's achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins-all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul's habitation henceforth be safely built." (Russell, B., "A Free Man's Worship," in "Mysticism and Logic: And Other Essays," , George Allen & Unwin: London, 1949, reprint, pp.47-48) 19/07/2001 "What was that last 0.1 percent of our genes and proteins that changed during that time and that caused the Great Leap Forward? There is only one plausible guess that I can think of The genes and proteins responsible for the perfection of spoken language. Many animal species have vocal communication, but none remotely as sophisticated as human language. Chimpanzees and gorillas have been taught to express themselves with computer languages or sign languages of hundreds of symbols, and pygmy chimpanzees have been taught to understand spoken human language. However, those apes are not capable themselves of speaking, because the structure of the ape larynx only permits them to utter a couple of different vowels and consonants." (Diamond, J.M., "The Evolution of Human Creativity," in Campbell, J.H. & Schopf, J.W., eds., "Creative Evolution?!: Proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life at the University of California, Los Angeles, in March, 1993," Jones & Bartlett: London, 1994, p.79) 19/07/2001 "Why did the universe start out with so nearly the critical rate of expansion that separates models that recollapse from those that go on expanding forever, so that even now, ten thousand million years later, it is still expanding at nearly the critical rate? If the rate of expansion one second after the big bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, the universe would have recollapsed before it ever reached its present size." (Hawking, S.W., "A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes," , Bantam: London, 1991, reprint, p.128) 20/07/2001 "Evolutionary biology, in contrast with physics and chemistry, is a historical science-the evolutionist attempts to explain events and processes that have already taken place. Laws and experiments are inappropriate techniques for the explication of such events and processes. Instead one constructs a historical narrative, consisting of a tentative reconstruction of the particular scenario that led to the events one is trying to explain." (Mayr, E.W., "Darwin's Influence on Modern Thought," Scientific American, Vol. 283, No. 1, pp.67-71, July 2000, p.68) 20/07/2001 "Microevolution is expected to be commonplace, yet there are few thoroughly documented cases of microevolution in wild populations. In contrast, it is often observed that apparently heritable traits under strong and consistent directional selection fail to show the expected evolutionary response." (Merila, J., Kruuk, L.E.B.& Sheldon, B.C., "Cryptic evolution in a wild bird population," Nature, Vol. 412, 5 July 2001, pp.76-79, p.76) 20/07/2001 "One of the most remarkable findings of cosmological science is that the universe did have a beginning, and a spectacular beginning at that. Discussions of first causes used to be dry philosophical constructs, theoretical arguments against an infinite regression of events backwards in time. The big bang made the first cause real. It placed a wall at the beginning of time, closing to inquiry (but not, of course, to speculation) all events that might leave occurred before that cosmic explosion. In the view of many scientists, the big bang casts a distinctly theological light on the origin of the universe." (Miller, K.R., "Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution," , HarperCollins: New York NY, 2000, reprint, p.225) 21/07/2001 "To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of evolution is simply ignorant-inexcusably ignorant, in a world where three out of four people have learned to read and write." (Dennett, D.C., "Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and The Meanings of Life," , Penguin: London, 1996, reprint, p.46) 21/07/2001 "The [design] argument boils down simply to this: we can invoke a naturalistic process, evolution, for which there is a great deal of evidence, but which we still have some difficulties in fully comprehending. Or we can say, simply, that some Creator did it and we are, after all, only watches (perhaps an insight, after all, into what makes creationists tick). The analogy is as meaningless as that: it "proves" nothing. It could even be true-but it cannot be construed as science ... " (Eldredge N., "The Monkey Business: A Scientist Looks at Creationism," Washington Square: New York NY, 1982, p.134) 22/07/2001 "Similarly, any "theory" that explains phenomena by recourse to the actions of an omnipotent, omniscient supreme being, or any other supernatural omnipotent entity, is a nonscientific theory. .... It isn't necessarily wrong. It is just not amenable to scientific investigation." (Futuyma, D.J., "Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution," Pantheon: New York NY, 1982, p.169) 22/07/2001 "Q: If a theory involving the supernatural intervention of a Creator is not science, then what is it? A: It is religion. In my opinion, reliance on the acts of a Creator is inherently religious. It is not necessarily wrong. It is just a different perspective. It has its places just as science has its place, but it is not science." (Ruse M.. "Witness Testimony Sheet," in Ruse M., ed., "But is it Science?: The Philosophical Question in the Creation/Evolution Controversy," Prometheus Books: Amherst NY, 1996, p.301) 23/07/2001 "Chemists have tried to imitate the chemical conditions of the young earth. They have put these simple substances in a flask and supplied a source of energy such as ultraviolet light or electric sparks-artificial simulation of primordial lightning. After a few weeks of this, something interesting is usually found inside the flask: a weak brown soup containing a large number of molecules more complex than the ones originally put in. In particular, amino acids have been found-the building blocks of proteins, one of the two great classes of biological molecules. Before these experiments were done, naturally-occurring amino acids would have been thought of as diagnostic of the presence of life. If they had been detected on, say Mars, life on that planet would have seemed a near certainty. Now, however, their existence need imply only the presence of a few simple gases in the atmosphere and some volcanoes, sunlight, or thundery weather." (Dawkins, R., "The Selfish Gene," , Oxford University Press: Oxford UK, New Edition, 1989, p.14) 24/07/2001 "Dare I suggest cosmic biology? I don't know how long it is going to be before astronomers generally recognise that the combinatorial arrangement of not even one among the many thousands of biopolymers on which life depends could have been arrived at by natural processes here on the Earth. Astronomers will have a little difficulty at understanding this because they will be assured by biologists that it is not so, the biologists having been assured in their turn by others that it is not so. The "others" are a group of persons who believe, quite openly, in mathematical miracles. They advocate the belief that tucked away in nature, outside of normal physics, there is a law which performs miracles (provided the miracles are in the aid of biology). This curious situation sits oddly on a profession that for long has been dedicated to coming up with logical explanations of biblical miracles." (Hoyle F., "The Big Bang in Astronomy," New Scientist, 19 November 1981, pp.521-527, p.526) 24/07/2001 "Holland and Abelson concluded in the 1960s that the Earth's primitive atmosphere was derived from volcanic outgassing, and consisted primarily of water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and trace amounts of hydrogen. With most of the hydrogen being lost to space, there would have been nothing to reduce the carbon dioxide and nitrogen, so methane and ammonia could not have been major constituents of the early atmosphere ... Abelson also noted that ammonia absorbs ultraviolet radiation from sunlight, and would have been rapidly destroyed by it. Furthermore, if large amounts of methane had been present in the primitive atmosphere, the earliest rocks would have contained a high proportion of organic molecules, and this is not the case. Abelson concluded: "What is the evidence for a primitive methane-ammonia atmosphere on Earth? The answer is that there is no evidence for it, but much against it." (emphasis in original) in other words, the Oparin-Haldane scenario was wrong, and the early atmosphere was nothing like the strongly reducing mixture used in Miller's experiment." (Wells, J.*, "Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong," Regnery: Washington DC, 2000, pp.19-20) 24/07/2001 "All conceptions of the "primordial soup" from which life arose agree in that it included not only the particular sugars, amino acids and other substances that are now essential biochemical reactants but also many other molecules that are now only laboratory curiosities. It was therefore necessary for the first organizing principle to be highly selective from the start. It had to tolerate an enormous overburden of small molecules that were biologically "wrong" but chemically possible. From this background the organizing principle had to extract those molecules that would eventually become the routinely synthesized standard monomers of all the biological polymers, and it had to link them dependably in particular configurations." (Eigen, M., Gardiner W., Schuster P. & Winkler-Oswatitsch R., "The Origin of Genetic Information," Scientific American, Vol. 244, No. 4, April 1981, pp.78-94, p.78) 24/07/2001 "The primitive soup did face an energy crisis: early life forms needed somehow to extract chemical energy from the molecules in the soup. For the story we have to tell here it is not important how they did so; some system of energy storage and delivery based on phosphates can be assumed." (Eigen, M., Gardiner, W., Schuster, P. & Winkler-Oswatitsch, R., "The Origin of Genetic Information," Scientific American, Vol. 244, No. 4, April 1981, pp.78-94, p.78) 25/07/2001 "As David Bohm has written: `It seems clear that everybody has got some kind of metaphysics, even if he thinks he hasn't got any. Indeed, the practical "hard-headed" individual who "only goes by what he sees" generally has a very dangerous kind of metaphysics, i.e., the kind of which he is unaware.... Such metaphysics is dangerous because, in it, assumptions and inferences are being mistaken for directly observed facts, with the result that they are effectively riveted in an almost unchangeable way into the structure of thought.' [Bohm, D., "Some Remarks on the Notion of Order," in Waddington, C.H., ed., "Towards a Theoretical Biology: 2. Sketches, An IUBS Symposium," Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh UK, 1969, p.41]. Bohm then adds some practical advice: `One of the best ways of a person becoming aware of his own tacit metaphysical assumptions is to be confronted by several other kinds. His first reaction is often of violent disturbance, as views that are very dear are questioned or thrown to the ground. Nevertheless, if he will "stay with it," rather than escape into anger and unjustified rejection of contrary ideas, he will discover that this disturbance is very beneficial. For now he becomes aware of the assumptive character of a great many previously unquestioned features of his own thinking.' [Ibid., p.42]" (Thaxton, C.B.*, Bradley, W.L.* & Olsen, R.L.*, "The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories," , Lewis & Stanley: Dallas TX, 1992, Second Printing, pp.207-208) 25/07/2001 "Does g have to be 6.67 * 10-11? What if g were a little larger or a little smaller? It turns but that the consequences of even very small changes in the gravitational constant would be profound. If the constant were even slightly larger, it would have increased the force of gravity just enough to slow expansion after the big bang. And, according to Hawking, `If the rate of expansion one second after the big bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million it would have recollapsed before it reached its present size.' [Hawking, S.W., "A Brief History of Time," Bantam: New York, 1988, p.121] Conversely, if g were smaller, the dust from the big bang would just have continued to expand, never coalescing into galaxies, stars, planets, or us. The value of the gravitational constant is just right for the existence of life. A little bigger, and the universe would have collapsed before we could evolve; a little smaller, and the planet upon which we stand would never have formed. The gravitational constant has just the right value to permit the evolution of life" (Miller, K.R., "Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution," , HarperCollins: New York NY, 2000, reprint, pp.227-228. Emphasis in original) 25/07/2001 "Still another group of fishes is even more important to us, for it includes the ancestors of all the land-living vertebrates (or tetrapods), including ourselves. These were the Crossopterygii or lobefinned fishes. There are two main divisions, and their subsequent histories show the most remarkable contrast between conservatism and progress in evolution. The conservative group, the Coelacanthini or fringe-finned fish, was destined to remain water-living. It gradually petered out during the course of the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic, and vanishes from the geological record at the end of the Cretaceous; the coelacanths were long thought to have become extinct. But in this century, living coelacanths very like their earliest fossil precursors, have been taken off the coast of South Africa, to provide a famous instance of a `living fossil'. The second crossopterygian group, the Rhipidistia, does not survive as such, but instead gave rise to all the land-living vertebrates, so that its history is one of unmatched evolutionary success." (Kurten, B., "The Age of the Dinosaurs," World University Library, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London, 1968, p.67) 26/07/2001 "Barring an external intelligence, which evolutionists do not detect, nothing in nature can select sets for positive preservation. The process can only be one of negative elimination in which, after different sets have formed, some are eliminated more or less promptly, while others survive for a while-that is, their elimination is deferred." (Darlington, P.J., Jr., "Evolution for Naturalists: The Simple Principles and Complex Reality," John Wiley & Sons: New York NY, 1980, p.55) 27/07/2001 "Darwin's argument certainly seems logical. Is there any evidence that Darwin was right? Can nature select as well as man? Answer: There is considerable evidence that Darwin was indeed correct about natural selection. Perhaps the best example of Darwinian selection is the one that's in all the biology textbooks: the peppered moths." (Morris H.M. & Parker G.E., "What is Creation Science?" Master Books: El Cajon CA, 1987, p.78) 28/07/2001 "Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, impresses me as having much more weight. This follows from the extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity of looking far back wards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man ; and I deserve to be called a Theist." (Darwin, C.R., in Barlow, N., ed., "The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882: With Original Omissions Restored," , W.W. Norton & Co: New York NY, 1969, reprint, pp.92-93) 28/07/2001 "THERE IS no doubt that the new punctuational movement will bring joy to the heats of creationists-those who claim species to be discrete entities that divine being brought separately to life and placed upon the earth. The fossil record, in offering the punctuational message that distinctive forms somehow appear suddenly and, once established, change slowly, would appear to be playing into the creationists' hands." (Stanley S.M., "The New Evolutionary Timetable: Fossils, Genes, and the Origin of Species," Basic Books: New York NY, 1981, p.165) 28/07/2001 "Our luck didn't stop there. Gravity is one of four fundamental forces in the universe. If the strong nuclear force were just a little weaker, no elements other than hydrogen would have been formed following the big bang. If it were just a little stronger, all of the hydrogen in the universe would be gone by now, converted into helium and heavier elements. Without hydrogen, no sun, no stars, no water." (Miller, K.R., "Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution," , HarperCollins: New York NY, 2000, reprint, p.228) 29/07/2001 "If another fundamental force, electromagnetism, were just a little stronger, electrons would be so tightly bound to atoms that the formation of chemical compounds would be impossible. A little weaker, and atoms would disintegrate at room temperature. If the resonance level of electrons in the carbon atom were just four percent lower, carbon atoms themselves would never have formed in the interiors of stars. No carbon, no life as we understand it." (Miller, K.R., "Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution," , HarperCollins: New York NY, 2000, reprint, p.228) 29/07/2001 "And perhaps now a bit of personal history is in order. When I first became attracted to Carter's Anthropic Principle, I regarded it as a matter of academic interest only. I figured it would be amusing to know the conditions required for life to arise in the universe-amusing and probably instructive, but hardly of great significance. At the time I was entirely unaware of Henderson's work on the fitness of the environment, and of Wald's long series of articles on the subject. But as I read the works of other scientists, I set myself the task of summarizing their conclusions in the form of a list, an actual piece of paper sitting before me on the desk. Initially that list occupied a scrap torn from a notepad. I kept reading; soon it occupied a more official 8 1/2-by-11 sheet, then several of them. The list kept getting longer ... but that was not the point. The point was its strangeness. So many coincidences! The more I read, the more I became convinced that such "coincidences" could hardly have happened by chance. But as this conviction grew, something else grew as well. Even now it is difficult to express this "something" in words. It was an intense revulsion, and at times it was almost physical in nature. I would positively squirm with discomfort. The very thought that the fitness of the cosmos for life might be a mystery requiring solution struck me as ludicrous, absurd. I found it difficult to entertain the notion without grimacing in disgust, and well-nigh impossible to mention it to friends without apology. To admit to fellow scientists that I was interested in the problem felt like admitting to some shameful personal inadequacy. Nor has this reaction faded over the years: I have had to struggle against it incessantly during the writing of this book. I am sure that the same reaction is at work within every other scientist, and that it is this which accounts for the widespread indifference accorded the idea at present. And more than that: I now believe that what appears as indifference in fact masks an intense antagonism. It was not for some time that I was able to place my finger on the source of my discomfort. It arises, I understand now, because the contention that we owe our existence to a stupendous series of coincidences strikes a responsive chord. That contention is far too close for comfort to notions such as: We are the center of the universe. God loves mankind more than all other creatures. The cosmos is watching over us. The universe has a plan; we are essential to that plan." (Greenstein G., "The Symbiotic Universe: Life and Mind in the Cosmos," William Morrow & Co: New York NY, 1988, pp.25-26) 29/07/2001 "The major irony of the sequencing of the human genome is that the result turns out not to provide the answer to the chief question that motivated the project. Now that we have the complete sequence of the human genome we do not, alas, know anything more than we did before about what it is to be human. ... When this so-called `annotation' of the human genome was done it was estimated that humans have about 32,000 genes. This seems a rather small number when the comparison is made with the fruit fly (13,000), the nematode worm (18,000), and the mustard weed (26,000). Can human beings really only have 75 percent more genes than a tiny worm and a mere 25 percent more than a weed? If, as the eminent molecular biologist Walter Gilbert wrote, a knowledge of the human genome would cause `a change in our philosophical understanding of ourselves,' that change has not been quite what was hoped for. It appears that we are not much different from vegetables, if we can judge from our genomes." (Lewontin, R.C., "After the Genome, What Then?" The New York Review of Books, July 19, 2001) 30/07/2001 "Just because it is a transition between incommensurables, the transition between competing paradigms cannot be made a step at a time, forced by logic and neutral experience. Like the gestalt switch, it must occur all at once (though not necessarily in an instant) or not at all. How, then, are scientists brought to make this transposition? Part of the answer is that they are very often not. Copernicanism made few converts for almost a century after Copernicus' death. Newton's work was not generally accepted, particularly on the Continent, for more than half a century after the Principia appeared. Priestley never accepted the oxygen theory, nor Lord Kelvin the electromagnetic theory, and so on. The difficulties of conversion have often been noted by scientists themselves. Darwin, in a particularly perceptive passage at the end of his Origin of species, wrote: "Although I am fully convinced of the truth of the views given in this volume..., I by no means expect to convince experienced naturalists whose minds are stocked with a multitude of facts all viewed, during a long course of years, from a point of view directly opposite to mine. ...[B]ut I look with confidence to the future,-to young and rising naturalists, who will be able to view both sides of the question with impartiality." And Max Planck, surveying his own career in his Scientific Autobiography, sadly remarked that "a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." These facts and others like them are too commonly known to need further emphasis. But they do need re-evaluation. In the past they have most often been taken to indicate that scientists, being only human, cannot always admit their errors, even when confronted with strict proof. I would argue, rather, that in these matters neither proof nor error is at issue. The transfer of allegiance from paradigm to paradigm is a conversion experience that cannot be forced. Lifelong resistance, particularly from those whose productive careers have committed them to an older tradition of normal science, is not a violation of scientific standards but an index to the nature of scientific research itself. The source of resistance is the assurance that the older paradigm will ultimately solve all its problems, that nature can be shoved into the box that the paradigm provides." (Kuhn T.S., "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions," , University of Chicago Press: Chicago IL, second edition, 1970, pp.151-162. Ellipses in original) 31/07/2001 "In contrast, the statement that organisms have descended with modifications from common ancestors-the historical reality of evolution-is not a theory. It is a fact, as fully as the fact of the earth's revolution about the sun. Like the heliocentric solar system, evolution began as a hypothesis, and achieved `facthood' as the evidence in its favor became so strong that no knowledgeable and unbiased person could deny its reality. No biologist today would think of submitting a paper entitled `New evidence for evolution;' it simply has not been an issue for a century." (Futuyma, D.J., "Evolutionary Biology," , Sinauer Associates: Sunderland MA, Second Edition, 1986, p.15) 31/07/2001 "Micromutations do occur, but the theory that these alone can account for evolutionary change is either falsified, or else it is an unfalsifiable, hence metaphysical theory. I suppose that nobody will deny that it is a great misfortune if an entire branch of science becomes addicted to a false theory. But this is what has happened in biology: for a long time now people discuss evolutionary problems in a peculiar 'Darwinian' vocabulary- 'adaptation,' 'selection pressure,' 'natural selection,' etc.-thereby believing that they contribute to the explanation of natural events. They do not, and the sooner this is discovered, the sooner we shall be able to make real progress in our understanding of evolution. I believe that one day the Darwinian myth will be ranked the greatest deceit in the history of science. When this happens many people will pose the question: How did this ever happen?" (Lovtrup S., "Darwinism: The Refutation of a Myth," 1987, p.422 in Bird W.R., "The Origin of Species Revisited," Regency: Nashville TN, 1991, Vol. I, p.40. Emphasis in original) 31/07/2001 "On the sudden Appearance of whole Groups of allied Species The abrupt manner in which whole groups of species suddenly appear in certain formations, has been urged by several palaeontologists-for instance, by Agassiz, Pictet, and Sedgwick-as a fatal objection to the belief in the transmutation of species. If numerous species, belonging to the same genera or families, have really started into life at once, the fact would be fatal to the theory of evolution through natural selection. For the development by this means of a group of forms, all of which are descended from some one progenitor, must have been an extremely slow process; and the progenitors must have lived long before their modified descendants." (Darwin, C.R., "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection," , Everyman's Library, J.M. Dent & Sons: London, 6th Edition, 1928, reprint, p.311) August [top] 2/08/2001 "So it is not inconsistent to regard ourselves as rational in this sense and also as creatures who have been produced through Darwinian evolution. On the other hand, as I have said, the theory of evolution as usually understood provides absolutely no support for this. (Nagel T., "The Last Word," Oxford University Press: New York NY, 1997, p.138. Emphasis in original) 2/08/2001 "More fossils are always welcome, but unfortunately the designation "common ancestor" is not etched on fragments of bones and teeth. In the course of the past century, the discoverer of every new hominid or hominoid has nominated it as a potential human ancestor." (Lowenstein J. & Zihlman A., "The Invisible ape," New Scientist, Vol. 120, No 1641, 3 December 1988, pp.56-59, p.59) 2/08/2001 "There is another mathematical space filled, not with nine-gened biomorphs but with flesh and blood animals made of billions of cells, each containing tens of thousands of genes. This is not biomorph space but real genetic space. The actual animals that have ever lived on Earth are a tiny subset of the theoretical animals that could exist. These real animals are the products of a very small number of evolutionary trajectories through genetic space. The vast majority of theoretical trajectories through animal space give rise to impossible monsters. Real animals are dotted around here and there among the hypothetical monsters, each perched in its own unique place in genetic hyperspace. Each real animal is surrounded by a little cluster of neighbours, most of whom have never existed, but a few of whom are its ancestors, its descendants and its cousins. Sitting somewhere in this huge mathematical space are humans and hyenas, amoebas and aardvarks, flatworms and squids, dodos and dinosaurs. In theory, if we were skilled enough at genetic engineering, we could move from any point in animal space to any other point. From any starting point we could move through the maze in such a way as to recreate the dodo, the tyrannosaur and trilobites. If only we knew which genes to tinker with, which bits of chromosome to duplicate, invert or delete. I doubt if we shall ever know enough to do it, but these dear dead creatures are lurking there forever in their private corners of that huge genetic hypervolume, waiting to be found if we but had the knowledge to navigate the right course through the maze." (Dawkins, R., "The Blind Watchmaker," , Penguin: London, 1991, reprint, p.73) 2/08/2001 "Gillespie shows that what Darwin was doing was trying to replace the creationist paradigm by a positivist paradigm, a view of the world in which there was neither room nor necessity for final causes. Of course, Gillespie takes it for granted that Darwin and his disciples succeeded in this task. He takes it for granted that a rationalist view of nature has replaced an irrational one and of course, I myself took that view about eighteen months ago. Then I woke up and realized that all my life I had been duped into taking evolutionism as revealed truth in some way. From my new viewpoint, some of Gillespie's comments on pre-Darwinian creationism seem to be strikingly apt, but they are apt because when I transposed them from the period he is talking about (1850s to today) - Here is one quote from Gillespie's book: "The old scientific epic scene has sanctioned, or so it appears from the new perspective, a pseudo-paradigm that was not a research-governing theory. ... an anti-theory, a void that had the function of knowledge but as naturalists increasingly came to feel, conveyed none." Here Gillespie is characterising the old pre-Darwinian creationist paradigm. But I feel that what he says could just as well be applied to evolutionary theory today. ... Gillespie also said that creationism is an anti-theory, a void that has the function of knowledge but conveys none. Well, what about evolution? It certainly has the function of knowledge but does it convey any? Well we're back to the question that I've been putting to people. "Is there any one thing you can tell me about evolution?" The absence of answers seems to suggest that it is true, evolution does not convey any knowledge or if so, I haven't yet heard of it." (Patterson, C., "Evolutionism and Creationism," Transcript of Address at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, November 5, 1981, p.2) 3/08/2001 "But anatomy and the fossil record cannot be relied on for defining evolutionary lineages. Yet palaeontologists persist in doing just this. They rally under the banner of a methodology called cladistics, in which family trees of living and fossil primates are constructed on the basis of "primitive" and "derived" traits (mostly of teeth and bones), which are either shared or not shared. Shared primitive characteristics are shared because they come from a common ancestor; unshared derived characteristics reveal separate evolutionary paths. The subjective element in this approach to building evolutionary trees, which many palaeontologists advocate with almost religious fervour, is demonstrated by the outcome: there is no single family tree on which they agree. On the contrary, almost every conceivable combination and permutation of living and extinct hominoids has been proposed by one cladist or another." (Lowenstein J. & Zihlman A., "The Invisible ape," New Scientist, Vol. 120, No 1641, 3 December 1988, pp.56-59, p.58) 4/08/2001 "Goldschmidt began his book The Material Basis of Evolution (1940), with a challenge to the modern synthesis. It may be able to explain the survival of the fittest, but not the arrival of the fittest: `I may challenge the adherents of the strictly Darwinian view, which we are discussing here, to try to explain the evolution of the following features by accumulation and selection of small mutants: hair in mammals, feathers in birds, segmentation in arthropods and vertebrates, the transformation of the gill arches in phylogeny including the aortic arches, muscles, nerves, etc.; further, teeth, shells of molluscs, ectoskeletons, compound eyes, blood circulation, alternation of generations, statocysts, ambulacral systems of echinoderms, pedicellaria of the same, cnidocysts, poison apparatus of snakes, whalebone, and finally chemical differences like hemoglobin vs. hemocyanin ...' [Goldschmidt R.B., "The Material Basis of Evolution," Yale University Press: New Haven CT, 1940, pp.6-7] Goldschmidt claimed that new species did not arise from the mechanisms of microevolution, and that population genetics was unable to explain new types of structures that involve several components changing simultaneously. Such macroevolutionary change "requires another evolutionary method than that of sheer accumulation of micromutations." (Gilbert S.F., "Developmental Biology," Sinauer Associates: Sunderland MA, Fourth Edition, 1994, p.855. Emphasis in original) 4/08/2001 "Thus Denton places a designer god at the origin of a lawful universe which then reliably (and non-Darwinianly) turns out human-capped evolutionary series throughout its furthest reaches; and Behe fits his god into a once- only, albeit large, gap within earth's evolutionary history to create an original cell so stuffed with genetic information as to produce all of evolution by its mere unfolding. Neither theory is without its problems and, in any case, I would have thought that once given the need for the real design of living machines the idea of a tinkering god of the gaps is as good as any. In fact I would like to incite both Denton and Behe to consider this hypothesis as the one which best accords with their fundamental belief in the purpose of the universe and to that end encourage them to see the phrase "god of the gaps" as nothing more than a question-begging insult meant to stop the flow of argument before it has barely started. For it might well be, bearing in mind our earlier distinction between the fitness of matter for desirable organic design and the means for achieving it, that even an omnipotent god could not create things both ever so fit in this sense and also with the capacity all by themselves to get together in a best result. If the effort expended in making these potentially nicely fitting bits of the cosmic jigsaw is not to be wasted, the "god" might have to intervene to do some of the fitting." (Olding A., "Maker of Heaven and Microbiology," Quadrant, Vol. 44, January - February 2000, pp.62-68, p.68. Emphasis in original) 4/08/2001 "Unfortunately, the origins of most higher categories are shrouded in mystery; commonly new higher categories appear abruptly in the fossil record without evidence of transitional ancestral forms." (Raup D.M. & Stanley S.M., "Principles of Paleontology," , W.H. Freeman & Co: San Francisco CA, 1978, Second Edition, p.372) 5/08/2001 "But if we admit God, must we admit Miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have no security against it. That is the bargain. Theology says to you in effect, `Admit God and with Him the risk of a few miracles, and I in return will ratify your faith in uniformity as regards the overwhelming majority of events.' The philosophy which forbids you to make uniformity absolute is also the philosophy which offers you solid grounds for believing it to be general, to be almost absolute. The Being who threatens Nature's claim to omnipotence confirms her in her lawful occasions. Give as this ha'porth of tar and we will save the ship. The alternative is really much worse. Try to make Nature absolute and you find that her uniformity is not even probable. By claiming too much, you get nothing. You get the deadlock as in Hume. Theology offers you a working arrangement which leaves the scientist free to continue his experiments and the Christian to continue his prayers." (Lewis C.S., "Miracles: A Preliminary Study," , Fontana: London, 1960, Revised edition, 1963, reprint, p.110. Emphasis in original) 6/08/2001 "In part, the role of paleontology in evolutionary research has been defined narrowly because of a false belief, tracing back to Darwin and his early followers, that the fossil record is woefully incomplete. Actually, the record is of sufficiently high quality to allow us to undertake certain kinds of analysis meaningfully at the level of the species. Such analysis shows that many ideas now enjoying widespread support among biologists are in need of reexamination." (Stanley S.M., "Macroevolution: Pattern and Process," , The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore MD, 1998, reprint, p.1) 7/08/2001 "Stanley Miller and others have attempted to prepare amino acids under the new conditions. The ratio of hydrogen (H2) to carbon dioxide (CO2) is a crucial variable. When this falls below 1, as the above example specifies, only glycine is produced, in trace amounts, but no other amino acid. Miller has been quite frank in his statements: "There are difficulties in maintaining H2/CO2 ratios greater than 1.0 [for the early earth] because of the escape of H2 from the atmosphere. Adequate sources of H2 maintain this ratio are possible but difficult to justify." Elsewhere he notes: "If it is assumed that amino acids more complex than glycine were required for the origin of life, then these results indicate a need for CH4 [methane] in the atmosphere."It is the Oparin-Haldane hypothesis, actually, that requires methane in the atmosphere. If this gas or other reducing substances were absent, it would mean that some other course of events, not described by the theory, led to the origin of life. This distinction has been missed, however, by some supporters of the hypothesis. The astronomer Manfred Schidlowsky stated at a 1977 meeting, for example: `The very fact that life sprang up on Earth constitutes conclusive proof of a primary reducing environment since the latter is a necessary prerequisite for chemical evolution and spontaneous origin of life.' And a 1983 biochemistry text edited by Geoffrey Zubay contains the following statement: `The primitive atmosphere must have contained reducing equivalents in some form to yield amino acids, since no biomolecules or their precursors are formed when a mixture of carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen is sparked.' We have reached a situation where a theory has been accepted as fact by some, and possible contrary evidence is shunted aside. This condition, of course, again describes mythology rather than science." (Shapiro, R., "Origins: A Skeptic's Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth," Summit Books: New York NY, 1986, p.112) 8/08/2001 "But even Huxley, who called himself 'Darwin's bulldog' and was the most vigorous defender of Darwin's work in the later nineteenth century, did not believe that natural selection had been demonstrated as the primary mechanism of evolutionary change. Because natural selection had not been subjected to experimental proof, Huxley and others withheld wholehearted assent, and even Darwin began to search for additional mechanisms." (Leakey, R.E., "The Illustrated Origin of Species By Charles Darwin," Faber and Faber: London, 1979, p.11) 8/08/2001 "There is a moral or metaphysical part of nature as well as a physical. A man who denies this is deep in the mire of folly. 'Tis the crown and glory of organic science that it does through final cause, link material and moral; and yet does not allow us to mingle them in our first conception of laws, and our classification of such laws, whether we consider one side of nature or the other. You have ignored this link; and, if I do not mistake your meaning, you have done your best in one or two pregnant cases to break it. Were it possible (which, thank God, it is not) to break it, humanity, in my mind, would suffer a damage that might brutalize it, and sink the human race into a lower grade of degradation than any into which it has fallen since its written records tell us of its history." (Sedgwick A., letter to Darwin, C.R., November 1859, in Darwin F., ed., "The Life of Charles Darwin," , Senate: London, 1995, reprint, p.217) 9/08/2001 "But while the sequence of fossils seemed to possess a directional quality, with simpler plants and animals appearing before more complicated forms, and the fossils of more recent strata bearing a closer resemblance to living species geologists before Darwin did not place an evolutionary interpretation on their findings. There were three main scientific reasons for this. In the first place, the earliest known fossils were relatively complicated animals-mostly marine invertebrates such as molluscs and crustaceans. Geologists of the 1830S were convinced that they had discovered the dawn of life in this strata, called the Cambrian, and no hypothesis save special creation was deemed adequate to account for the sudden appearance of Cambrian fossils. Rocks older than the Cambrian were, so it seemed, completely devoid of fossils. In the second place, the various strata each generally had its own characteristic fossil flora and fauna and the transitions between strata were abrupt. This suggested to geologists the probability of successive wholesale creations and extinctions. Indeed, one common way of reconciling Genesis and geology was to assume that the Biblical story referred only to the final creation of present plants and animals, including, of course, man himself." (Leakey, R.E., "The Illustrated Origin of Species By Charles Darwin," Faber and Faber: London, 1979, p.14) 9/08/2001 "This regular absence of transitional forms is not confined to mammals, but is an almost universal phenomenon, as has long been noted by paleontologists. It is true of almost all orders of all classes of animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate. A fortiori, it is also true of the classes, themselves, and of the major animal phyla, and it is apparently also true of analogous categories of plants. Among genera and species some apparent regularity of absence of transitional types is clearly a taxonomic artifact: artificial divisions between taxonomic units are for practical reasons established where random gaps exist. This does not adequately explain the systematic occurrence of the gaps between larger units. In the cases of the gaps that are artifacts, the effect of discovery has been to reveal their random nature and has tended to fill in now one, now another-now from the ancestral, and now from the descendent side. In most cases discoveries relating to the major breaks have produced a more or less tenuous extension backward of the descendent groups, leaving the probable contact with the ancestry a sharp boundary. None of these large breaks has actually been filled by real, continuous sequences of fossils, although many of them can be exactly located and the transitions described by inference from the improved record on both sides. In addition to the fact that they exist, there are other more or less systematic features of these discontinuities of record that call for attention and require explanation." (Simpson, G.G., "Tempo and Mode in Evolution," Columbia University Press: New York NY, 1944, Third Printing, 1949, pp.107-109) 9/08/2001 "Expectation colored perception to such an extent that the most obvious single fact about biological evolution- nonchange-has seldom, if ever, been incorporated into anyone's scientific notions of how life actually evolves. If ever there was a myth, it is that evolution is a process of constant change. The data, or basic observations, of evolutionary biology are full of the message of stability. Change is difficult and rare, rather than inevitable and continual. Once evolved, species with their own peculiar adaptations, behaviors, and genetic systems are remarkably conservative, often remaining unchanged for several millions of years." (Eldredge N. & Tattersall I., "The Myths of Human Evolution," Columbia University Press, 1982, p.3) 9/08/2001 "THE ORIGIN of life was necessarily the beginning of organic evolution and it is among the greatest of all evolutionary problems. Yet its discussion here will be brief, almost parenthetical. Our concern here is with the record of evolution, and there is no known record bearing closely on the origin of life. The first living things were almost certainly microscopic in size and not apt for any of the usual processes of fossilization. It is unlikely that any preserved trace of them will ever be found, or recognized." (Simpson, G.G., "The Meaning of Evolution: A Study of the History of Life and of its Significance for Man," Yale University Press: New Haven CT, 1949, Reprinted, 1960, p.14) 10/08/2001 "The levels to which these conclusions apply without modification are approximately those discussed as macro- evolution (under that or an equivalent term) by neozoologists and biologists. On still higher levels, those of what is here called "mega-evolution", the inferences might still apply, but caution is enjoined, because here essentially continuous transitional sequences are not merely rare, but are virtually absent. These large discontinuities are less numerous, so that paleontological examples of their origin should also be less numerous; but their absence is so nearly universal that it cannot, offhand, be imputed entirely to chance and does require some attempt at special explanation, as has been felt by most paleontologists." (Simpson, G.G., "Tempo and Mode in Evolution," Columbia University Press: New York NY, 1944, Third printing, 1949, pp.105-106) 11/08/2001 "Above the level of the virus, if that be granted status as an organism, the simplest living unit is almost incredibly complex. It has become commonplace to speak of evolution from ameba to man, as if the ameba were a natural and simple beginning of the process. On the contrary, if, as must almost necessarily be true short of miracles, life arose as a living molecule or protogene, the progression from this stage to that of the ameba is at least as great as from ameba to man." (Simpson, G.G., "The Meaning of Evolution: A Study of the History of Life and of its Significance for Man," Yale University Press: New Haven CT, 1949, Reprinted, 1960, pp.15-16) 11/08/2001 "It used to be said that the fossil record is patchy, and therefore very incomplete, and one still finds this old excuse appearing in modern biological texts. Yet by consulting geologists one learns otherwise. For example, G.M. Bennison and A.E. Wright write as follows: `Over a century ago Charles Darwin expressed disappointment that the fossil record provided less support for the theory of evolution than might be hoped for. Since that time vast numbers of fossils have been found and many new species and genera described, although the number of examples of fossil lineages which demonstrate evolutionary changes in detail is still small. How adequately represented [in the fossil record] are organisms which formerly existed on Earth? A.B. Shaw has examined the statistical probability of organisms being found in the fossil record. (Shaw, A.B., "Time in Stratigraphy," McGraw- Hill, New York NY, 1964) It is clear that, if one individual in a million of a particular species was fossilized, there is a high probability verging on certainty that if the species survived for only a million years specimens would be found. With marine dwelling animals the chance of fossilization is probably better than one in a million and in those species known as common fossils, which often occur crowded on bedding planes, considerably better [than one in a million].'" (Bennison, G.M. & Wright, A.E., "The Geological History of the British Isles," Edward Arnold, London, 1969, in Hoyle, F. & Wickramasinghe, N.C., "Evolution from Space," , Paladin: London, 1983, reprint, p.85) 11/08/2001 "Insect wings occur in pairs, developed out of the triply segmented tubular structure known as the thorax. They are stiffened by veins in which there is a characteristic pattern of air channels used for respiration-i.e. along which atmospheric oxygen diffuses to the interior regions of the insects. These 'tracheae' and the veins which contain them have a consistency of pattern from one insect order to another which suggests to entomologists that all the lines of Figure 6.4 were derived from a common stock. However, the chitinous bodies of insects enable them to be well-preserved in the fossil record ... The lack of specimens from the presumed lower, connecting branches of Figure 6.4 is therefore hard to understand, especially in view of the very large insect populations. It is particularly remarkable that no forms with the wings at an intermediate stage of development have been found. Where fossil insects have wings at all they are fully functional to serve the purposes of flight, and often enough in ancient fossils the wings are essentially identical to what can be found today. Nor are there intermediate forms between the two kinds of wings, those of the Paleoptera held aloft or permanently at the side as in mayflies and dragonflies respectively, and those of the Neoptera with a flexing mechanism enabling the wings to be folded back into a resting position across the abdomen." (Hoyle, F. & Wickramasinghe, N.C., "Evolution from Space," , Paladin: London, 1983, reprint, pp.89-91) 12/08/2001 "Entertaining as this may be, the prognosis for Darwinism is now very poor. We can only explain the absence of intermediate insect forms in the fossil record either by supposing the different insect orders to be of separate origin or by arguing that the divergencies from the common stock indicated at the base of Figure 6.4 took place with extreme rapidity. Only the second of these possibilities is consistent with Darwinism, yet rapid evolution is just what Darwinism cannot achieve." (Hoyle, F. & Wickramasinghe, N.C., "Evolution from Space," , Paladin: London, 1983, reprint, pp.91-92. Emphasis in original) 13/08/2001 "There is a better reason for studying zoology than its possible 'usefulness', and the general likeableness of animals. This reason is that we animals are the most complicated and perfectly-designed pieces of machinery in the known universe." (Dawkins, R., "The Selfish Gene,"  Oxford University Press: Oxford 1989, New Edition, p.vi) 15/08/2001 "For me, the idea of a creation is not conceivable without evoking the necessity of design. One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all. In the world round us, we can behold the obvious manifestations of an ordered, structured plan or design. We can see the will of the species to live and propagate. And we are humbled by the powerful forces at work on a galactic scale, and the purposeful orderliness of nature that endows a tiny and ungainly seed with the ability to develop into a beautiful flower. The better we understand the intricacies of the universe and all it harbors, the more reason we have found to marvel at the inherent design upon which it is based." (von Braun W., Letter to the California State board of Education, September 14, 1972) 16/08/2001 "While the admission of a design for the universe ultimately raises the question of a Designer (a subject outside of science), the scientific method does not allow us to exclude data which lead to the conclusion that the universe, life and man are based on design. To be forced to believe only one conclusion-that everything in the universe happened by chance-would violate the very objectivity of science itself." (von Braun W., Letter to the California State board of Education, September 14, 1972) 16/08/2001 "So true is this that the ordinary educated man of today sees no third choice between the `scientific ideas' of the late nineteenth century and the `obscurantism and superstition of the Middle Ages.' One can imagine him saying: `You are not a Darwinist?-You must be a Fundamentalist.' `Not a believer in economic causation?-You must be a mystical Tory.' `Not a materialist?-You must be an idealist.' The implication is that if you are all of the latter things you must be on the side of ignorance, folly, and `reaction.' And since these are justly dreaded evils, any critique of scientific materialism must be an attack on right reason." (Barzun J., "Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage," , Revised Second Edition, Doubleday Anchor: Garden City NY, 1958, p.15) 16/08/2001 "Although the relationship of the rhipidistians to the amphibians will be discussed in greater detail in the next chapter, it should be said here that none of the known fishes is thought to be directly ancestral to the earliest land vertebrates. Most of them lived after the first amphibians appeared, and those that came before show no evidence of developing the stout limbs and ribs that characterized the primitive tetrapods. While paleontologists hope to find remains of the rhipidistian line in which these structures evolved, they have no intention of neglecting the history of the other members of the group." (Stahl B.J., "Vertebrate history: Problems in Evolution," , Dover: New York NY, Revised Edition, 1985, p.148) 17/08/2001 "It is but fair to say that Darwin himself soon began to have doubts about the universal efficacy of natural selection. Just before the publication of the Origin of Species his faith in it was so strong that he believed a slight adaptive variation in a single trait would turn the scale in favor of survival. But as early as 1862 he had begun to waver, and by 1865 he talked increasingly of the direct action of the environment and of use and disuse as factors of change. Successive editions of the Origin of Species tried to coordinate these doubts and shifts of opinion." (Barzun J., "Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage," , Revised Second Edition, Doubleday Anchor: Garden City NY, 1958, p.60) 19/08/2001 "There we are back at the beginning. That critic was both right and wrong. Locke, in the Reasonableness of Christianity, had driven the call for a simple, an optimistic, a philosophical, and a reasonable piety, to as great lengths as it would go: he indicated that all a Christian need believe-but this he must believe-is that Christ is the Messiah. This was not much; it was too little for most Christians. But it was not yet deism. In this sense the critic wrong. But in the sense that it was indeed too little for most Christians, and that while the step from Locke to Toland was across an abyss it was still only a single, and not very surprising step, the critic was right. Liberal Protestantism was not deism, but it helped to make deism inevitable." (Gay, P., "Deism: An Anthology," D. Van Nostrand Co: Princeton NJ, 1968, pp.25-26) 20/08/2001 "One difficulty with Darwinism, voiced by many students of the subject, is that it amounts to little more than a tautology providing no real predictive or explanatory power." (Steele, E.J., "Somatic Selection and Adaptive Evolution: On the Inheritance of Acquired Characters," , University of Chicago Press: Chicago IL, Second Edition, 1981, p.1) 20/08/2001 "Some people say that science has been unable to prove the existence of a Designer. They admit that many of the miracles in the world around us are hard to understand, and they do not deny that the universe, as modern science sees it, is indeed a far more wondrous thing than the creation medieval man could perceive. But they still maintain that since science has provided us with so many answers the day will soon arrive when we will be able to understand even the creation of the fundamental laws of nature without a Divine intent. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?" (von Braun W., < A HREF="http://www.creationsafaris.com/wgcs_4vonbraun.htm">Letter to the California State board of Education, September 14, 1972) 21/08/2001 "It was not even a question of dropping natural selection, for natural selection is an observed fact. It was a question of seeing - as Darwin came to see-that selection occurs after the useful change has come into being: therefore natural selection can cause nothing but the elimination of the unfit, not the production of the fit. To use once again the analogy of the shotmaker's slide, the perfectly round shot have to be made before they can be selected, and it is nonsense to say that it is their trial on the slide that makes them round. The nonsense, however, captivated a generation of thinkers whose greatest desire was to get rid of vitalism, will, purpose, or design as explanations of life, and to substitute for them an automatic material cause. They saw adaptation and utility, but they wished to explain them both by unintentional necessity." (Barzun J., "Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage," , Revised Second Edition, Doubleday Anchor: Garden City NY, 1958, p.62. Emphasis in original) 21/08/2001 "In the sphere of religion, in particular, the present time is a time of conflict; the great redemptive religion which has always been known as Christianity is battling against a totally diverse type of religious belief, which is only the more destructive of the Christian faith because it makes use of the additional Christian terminology. This modern non-redemptive religion is called "modernism" or "liberalism." Both names are unsatisfactory; the latter, in particular, is question-begging. The movement designated as "liberalism" is regarded as liberal" only by its friends; to its opponents it seems to involve a narrow ignoring of many relevant facts. And indeed the movement is so various in its manifestations that one may almost despair of finding any common name which will apply to all its forms. But manifold as are the forms in which the movement appears, the root of the movement is one; the many varieties of modern liberal religion are looted in naturalism - that is, in the denial of any entrance of the creative power of God (as distinguished from the ordinary course of nature) in connection with the origin of Christianity." (Machen J.G., "Christianity and Liberalism," , Victory Press: London, 1968, reprint, p.2) 22/08/2001 "Evolution, then, is the creation myth of our age. By telling us our origins it shapes our views of what we are. It influences not just our thought, but our feelings and actions too, in a way which goes far beyond its official function as a biological theory." (Midgley M., "Evolution as a Religion: Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears," , Methuen: London, 1986, reprint, p.30) 23/08/2001 "Many men who are intelligent and of good faith say they cannot visualize a Designer. Well, can a physicist visualize an electron? The electron is materially inconceivable and yet it is so perfectly known through its effects that we use it to illuminate our cities, guide our airlines through the night skies and take the most accurate measurements. What strange rationale makes some physicists accept the inconceivable electrons as real while refusing to accept the reality of a Designer on the ground that they cannot conceive Him? I am afraid that, although they really do not understand the electron either, they are ready to accept it because they managed to produce a rather clumsy mechanical model of it borrowed from rather limited experience in other fields, but they would not know how to begin building a model of God." (von Braun W., Letter to the California State board of Education, September 14, 1972) 23/08/2001 "Although it [Darwinism] may account to some extent for the diversity and abundance of cells or organisms, there remains a suspicion that it provides no satisfactory explanation for our intuitive belief that there appears to be an element of "directional" progress in the complexity and sophistication of adapted living forms." (Steele, E.J., "Somatic Selection and Adaptive Evolution: On the Inheritance of Acquired Characters," , University of Chicago Press: Chicago IL, Second Edition, 1981, p.1) 24/08/2001 "More adequate is the position termed progressive creationism. According to this view, God created in a series of acts over a long period of time. He created the first member of each "kind." That grouping may have been as broad as the order or as narrow as the genus. In some cases it may have extended to the creation of individual species. From that first member of the group, the others developed by evolution. So, for example, God may have created the first member of the cat family. From it developed lions, tigers, leopards, and just plain pussycats. Then God created another kind. There may well have been overlaps between the periods of development, so that new species within one kind were continuing to arise after God created the first member of the next kind. Note that between the various kinds there are gaps not bridged by the evolutionary development." (Erickson M.J., "Christian Theology," Baker: Grand Rapids MI, 1985, pp.383-384) 25/08/2001 "... there are indications in the Mosaic record itself that the word "day" is not used in its literal sense; while the other Scriptures unquestionably employ it to designate a period of indefinite duration (Gen 1:5 - "God called the light Day" - a day before there was a sun; 8 - "there was evening and there was morning, a second day"; 2:2 - God "rested on the seventh day"; cf. Heb. 4:3-10 - where God's day of rest seems to continue, and his people are exhorted to enter into it; Gen. 2:4 - "the day that Jehovah made earth and heaven" -"day" here covers all the seven days ..." (Strong A.H., "Systematic Theology," , Judson Press: Valley Forge PA, 1967, reprint, p.394) 28/08/2001 "There is a constant interplay of the organism and the environment, so that although natural selection may be adapting the organism to a particular set of environmental circumstances, the evolution of the organism itself changes those circumstances. ... If ecological niches can be specified only by the organisms that occupy them, evolution cannot be described as a process of adaptation because all organisms are already adapted. Then what is happening in evolution?" (Lewontin, R.C., "Adaptation," Scientific American, Vol. 239, No. 3, September 1978, pp.157-169, p.159) 28/08/2001 "The relation between adaptation and natural selection does not go both ways. Whereas greater relative adaptation leads to natural selection, natural selection does not necessarily lead to greater adaptation." (Lewontin, R.C., "Adaptation," Scientific American, Vol. 239, No. 3, September 1978, pp.157-169, p.166) 28/08/2001 "As it became clear that the Darwinian theory could not be broadly correct, a question still remained, however, for I found it difficult to accept that the theory could be wholly incorrect. When ideas are based on observations, as the Darwinian theory certainly is, it is usual for those ideas to be valid at least within the range of the observations. It is when extrapolations are made outside the range of observations that troubles may arise. So the issue that presented itself was to determine just how far the theory was valid and exactly why beyond a certain point it became invalid. The issue was a mathematical one ... and I thought at first that it might be settled the easy way, by reading in the literature and in classic texts on mathematical genetics. My experience proved unrewarding. After a session with `the books,' I would retreat, baffled. The mathematics was never difficult in itself. It was the words in which the mathematics was shrouded .... At first I took the fault to be mine, but as the frustrating sessions were repeated again and again over a period of years, I came to suspect that the confusion was in the heads of the writers themselves. Eventually therefore, I decided to tackle this mathematics myself working de novo .... Although my results were all arrived at independently, some-perhaps most-have been obtained before. Their arrangement, however, is I believe original. ... And the outcome of this essay? Well as common sense would suggest, the Darwinian theory is correct in the small but not in the large. Rabbits come from other slightly different rabbits, not from either soup or potatoes. Where they came from in the first place is a problem yet to be solved, like much else of a cosmic scale." (Hoyle F., "Mathematics of Evolution", , Acorn Enterprises: Memphis TN, 1999, pp.5-6) 29/08/2001 "Scientifically, and in entire loyalty to the biblical record, the narrative can be understood as follows. The cradle of civilization in which the action took place was the flood plain of the great rivers of the Euphrates-Tigris system, an area about 400 miles long and 180 miles broad (650 km by 300 km). To east and west the land rises to elevated plateaux, and to the north to the high mountains of the kingdom of Ararat (Urartu) near Lake Van. The flooding was caused by torrential rain occurring simultaneously with huge tidal waves from the Persian Gulf, perhaps caused by submarine earthquakes ('the windows of heaven' and 'the fountains of the great deep'). The waters surged over the river plain, covering all human settlements; even the high points of the plain were submerged ('fifteen cubits deep above the mountains'). As the Ark was borne up and carried northward towards the high ground of Ararat, whichever way the occupants looked out there was nothing but water ('under the whole heavens). Eventually the Ark grounded in the foothills of Ararat, a resting place not located with any great precision. The raven found the sodden land to its liking; the softer dove preferred to wait till things were more hospitable. As a wind continued to drive the waters back and the land became dry, the human occupants emerged and civilization began again around a new centre. This schema may not be the only possible interpretation of the text on the physical level; but it shows at least that the narrative is scientifically credible." (Spanner D.C., "Biblical Creation and the Theory of Evolution," Paternoster: Exeter, Devon UK, 1987, p.145) 29/08/2001 "If we consider many complex multicellular organisms however (say, the vertebrates), a somewhat different adaptive "solution" appears to be required. A good example is Bateson's hypothetical pre-giraffe: `The hypothetical pre-giraffe with the mutant gene 'long neck' will need to modify not only its heart and circulatory system but also perhaps its semicircular canals, its intervertebral discs, its postural reflexes, the ratio of length and thickness of many muscles, its evasive tactics vis-a-vis predators, etc.' (Bateson G., "The Role of Somatic Change in Evolution," Evolution, 1963, 17:529-539). Thus, a crucial problem of the hereditary adaptation process is that one "important" change can be expressed usefully in the organism (i.e., possess Darwinian survival value) only if additional harmonious adjustments are also made in other parts of the body." (Steele, E.J., "Somatic Selection and Adaptive Evolution: On the Inheritance of Acquired Characters," , University of Chicago Press: Chicago IL, Second Edition, 1981, p.3) 30/08/2001 "Darwin changed evolution from an idea to a theory. In so doing, he made it more powerful, more convincing, and more appealing. However, in seizing upon the new scientific evolution-the theory of natural selection-many have disregarded the limitations of scientific theory and dragged it into areas where little empirical support was available. Darwinism was unshackled from the constraints of data and transformed into a social-political philosophy." (Caudill E., "Darwinian Myths: The Legends and Misuses of a Theory," The University of Tennessee Press: Knoxville TN, 1997, pp.xi-xii) 30/08/2001 "Because of their habits, bats like birds were not commonly interred in sediments and fossilized. Therefore the history of these mammals is inadequately known, even though bats are numerous being among recent mammals second only to the rodents in numbers, both of species and of individuals, and of world-wide distribution in modern times. These, the only mammals to have mastered true flight, probably originated at a relatively early date, and they must have experienced an initial stage of very rapid evolution, because the first known bats of Eocene age, as particularly exemplified by the type of Icaronycteris, a beautifully preserved skeleton from Wyoming, were highly developed and not greatly different from their modern relatives. There are no known intermediate stages between bats and insectivores." (Colbert E.H. & Morales M., "Evolution of the Vertebrates: A History of the Backboned Animals Through Time," , John Wiley & Sons: New York NY, Fourth edition, 1990, Second printing, 1992, p.265) 31/08/2001 "Darwin's theory has spawned ideas and movements that range from the bizarre and murderous, such as Nazi Aryanism, to the simply aphoristic, as in advertising and sports references to "survival of the fittest." Darwin and evolution also have generated several compelling myths, including the unlikely but entertaining story of his recantation of evolution on his deathbed in 1882. In that story, the evangelist Lady Elizabeth Hope claimed to have sat at Darwin's side as he praised scripture and lamented the fact that his ideas had been taken seriously. Another myth is more believable: that of Thomas Huxley's intellectual and moral triumph over theological conservatism, as represented by Bishop Samuel Wilberforce." (Caudill E., "Darwinian Myths: The Legends and Misuses of a Theory," The University of Tennessee Press: Knoxville TN, 1997, p.xii) September [top] 1/09/2001 "But suppose that cells could not have originally arisen by purely natural means. In that case the initiating of the cell line-the line whose products, properties and reproductive processes are purely natural and exhibit no direct evidences of design-would embody direct design. That could occur in a number of ways. For instance, it might involve the direct, complete, de novo originating of an ancestor cell from which all other cells descended by purely ordinary means. Or it might involve constructing specially designed "artificial" conditions from which the ancestor cell itself could arise. For instance, suppose that we finally discover that life can arise spontaneously but only under exactly one set of conditions. One must begin with 4003.6 gallons of eight specific, absolutely pure chemicals, exactly proportioned down to the molecule. The mixture must then be sealed into a large, light green Tupperware container with one sterile copy of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Do that, and life develops spontaneously by natural means (catalyzed by the precise surface characteristics of "Sgt. Pepper"). Its development, subsequent reproductions and characteristics are completely according to normal natural laws. And life in this case was not directly specially created. But those initial conditions involve interjection of deliberate intent and design with a vengeance." (Ratzsch D.*, "Design, Chance & Theistic Evolution," in Dembski W.A., ed., "Mere Creation: Science, Faith & Intelligent Design," InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove IL, 1998, p.291) 3/09/2001 "Theoretically Earth should have an atmosphere heavier and thicker than that of Venus, but in fact it has a far lighter and much thinner atmosphere. The solution to this mystery apparently lies with Earth's moon. Most moons in our solar system are formed from the same solar disk material that generated the planets. As such, they are relatively small compared to their planets. A few moons orbiting the outer planets are foreign bodies that have been captured. Earth's moon, however, is the exception. It orbits a planet that is close to the sun, and it is huge compared to its planet. The moon is younger than Earth. According to the Apollo lunar rock samples, it is only 4.25 billion years old, compared to Earth's 4.59 billion years. The same lunar rocks gathered by Apollo astronauts tell us that the moon's crust is chemically distinct from Earth's. Its distinct chemical makeup and its younger age establish that the moon and Earth did not form together. Astronomers have seen and measured the moon's slow and steady spiraling away from Earth and the slowing of Earth's rotation. Their calculations suggest that the moon was in contact or near contact with Earth about 4.25 billion years ago. This implies some kind of collision or near collision at that time. Only one collision scenario fits all the observed Earth-moon parameters and dynamics: a body at least the size of Mars (nine times the mass of the moon and one-ninth the mass of Earth), possibly twice as large, made a nearly head-on hit and was absorbed, for the most part, into Earth's core. Such a collision would have blasted almost all of Earth's original atmosphere into outer space. The shell, or cloud of debris, arising from the collision would orbit Earth and eventually coalesce to form our moon. This remarkable event, if it occurred as the evidence indicates, delivered Earth from a life-suffocating atmosphere and produced a replacement atmosphere thin enough and of the right chemical composition to permit the passage of light to Earth's surface. It increased the mass and density of Earth enough to retain (by gravity a large quantity of water vapor (molecular weight 18) for billions of years, but not so high as to keep life-threatening quantities of ammonia (molecular weight, 17) and methane(molecular weight, 16). It so elevated the iron content of Earth's crust as to permit a huge abundance of ocean life (the quantity of iron, a critical nutrient, determines the abundance and diversity of marine algae, which form the base of the food chain for all ocean life), which in turn permits advanced land life. It played a significant role in salting Earth's crust with a huge abundance of radioisotopes, the heat from which drives most of Earth's exceptionally high rates of tectonics and vulcanism. (Heavy elements from the body colliding with Earth were largely transferred to Earth whereas the light elements were either dissipated to the interplanetary medium or transferred to the cloud that would eventually form the moon.) It gradually slowed Earth's rotation rate so that a wide variety of lower life-forms could survive long enough to sustain the existence of advanced life-forms, which required still slower rotation rates. It stabilized the tilt of Earth's rotation axis, protecting the planet from life-extinguishing climatic extremes. In summary, this amazing collision, for which we have an abundance of circumstantial evidence, appears to have been perfectly timed and designed to transform Earth from a formless and empty" place into a site where life could survive and thrive. In fact, the number of conditions that must be fine- tuned-and the degree of finetuning needed for each of these conditions-for life to possibly survive that is manifested in this single event argues powerfully on its own for a divine Creator. Even if the universe contains as many as 10 billion trillion (1022) planets, we would not expect even ones by natural processes alone, to end up with the surface gravity, surface temperature, atmospheric composition, atmospheric pressure, crustal iron abundance, tectonics, vulcanism, rotation rate, rate of decline in rotation rate, and stable rotation axis tilt necessary for the support of life. To those who express the desire to see a miracle, we can assure them they are looking at one whenever they gaze up at the moon." (Ross,H.N.*, "The Genesis Question: Scientific Advances and the Accuracy of Genesis," NavPress: Colorado Springs CO, 1998, pp.31-33) 4/09/2001 "When the Darwinians fought for a hearing, very little moderation was shown on either side, and the triumph of Darwinism was commensurate with the noise it made. Once in power the victors could afford to manhandle past and present dissenters or, applying a double standard, make all the exceptions in their own favor..." (Barzun J., "Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage," , Revised Second Edition, Doubleday Anchor: Garden City NY, 1958, p.119) 6/09/2001 "What sceptical thinking boils down to is the means to construct, and to understand, a reasoned argument and, especially important, to recognize a fallacious or fraudulent argument. The question is not whether we like the conclusion that emerges out of a train of reasoning, but whether the conclusion follows from the premises or starting point and whether that premise is true." (Sagan, C.E., "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark," , Headline: London, 1997, reprint, p.197. Emphasis in original) 7/09/2001 "Spin more than one hypothesis. If there's something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among 'multiple working hypotheses', has a much better chance of being the right answer than if you had simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy." (Sagan, C.E., "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark," , Headline: London, 1997, reprint, p.197. Emphasis in original) 8/09/2001 "Deistic Evolution. Deism does not believe in any supernatural acts or miracles after the initial act of creating the material universe out of nothing. As far as the evolutionary process and the production of life forms, including human beings, there is no real difference between deistic evolution and naturalistic evolution, which includes atheism and agnosticism." (Geisler N.L., "Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics," Baker Books: Grand Rapids MI, 1999, p.233) 8/09/2001 "I believe this to be a genuinely fundamental restraint facing adaptive evolution. As systems with many parts increase both the number of those parts and the richness of interactions among the parts, it is typical that the number of conflicting design constraints among the parts increases rapidly. Those conflicting constraints imply that optimization can attain only ever poorer compromises. No matter how strong selection may be, adaptive processes cannot climb higher peaks than afforded by the fitness landscape. That is, this limitation cannot be overcome by stronger selection. ... it is clear that conflicting constraints are a very general limit in adaptive evolution. Each part of a complex system costs something. For example, additional genes and proteins require metabolic energy. .... This argument shows that there is again a limit on the complexity which can be attained. The marginal increase in fitness for the next part must be positive. The complexity-catastrophe due to conflicting constraints ... is therefore a general property of complex systems." (Kauffman S.A., "The Origins of Order: Self- Organization and Selection in Evolution," Oxford University Press: New York NY, 1993, pp.53-54) 10/09/2001 "The only thing more difficult to explain than perfection is repeated perfection by very different animals. A fish on a clam's rear end and another front of an anglerfish's nose - the first evolved from a brood pouch and outer skin, the second from a fin spine more than doubles the trouble. I have no difficulty defending the origin of both "fishes" by evolution. A plausible series of intermediate stages can be identified for Lampsilis. The fact that anglerfish press a fin spine into service as a lure reflects the jury-rigged, parts-available principle that made the panda's thumb and the orchid's labellum speak so strongly for evolution (see the first essay of this trilogy). But Darwinians must do more than demonstrate evolution; they must defend the basic mechanism of random variation and natural selection as the primary cause of evolutionary change. ... But what about the "how?" We may know what the fish of Lampsilis and the lure of the anglerfish are for, but how did they arise? This problem becomes particularly acute when the final adaptation is complex and peculiar but built from familiar parts of- different ancestral function. If the angler's fishlike lure required 500 entirely separate modifications to attain its exquisite mimicry, then how did the process begin? And why did it continue, unless some non-Darwinian force, cognizant of the final goal, drove it on? Of what possible benefit is step one alone? Is a five-hundredth of a fake enough to inspire the curiosity of any real item?" (Gould, S.J., "Double Trouble," in "The Panda's Thumb," , Penguin: London, 1990, reprint, pp.34,37. Emphasis in original) 11/09/2001 "Unlike most explanations in science, evolutionary explanations are essentially narratives, taking us from a time when something didn't exist to a time when it did by a series of steps that the narrative explains." (Dennett, D.C., "Consciousness Explained," , Penguin Books: London, 1993, reprint, p.172) 12/09/2001 "I am no longer preoccupied with the nature of absolute foundations, because it does not look as if there are any; or with a priori knowledge, because there probably is not any, or with sense data, because that is a mixed-up way of thinking about sensory processing. It is doubtful that knowledge in general is sentential; rather, representations are typically structures of a quite different sort. Whatever reasoning and information processing turn out to be, formal logic is probably not the model, save perhaps for a small part. Decision theory, confirmation theory the predicate calculus, etc., beautiful and magnificently clever though they are, do not appear destined to play a central part in the theory of how, in fact, human and other nervous systems solve problems and figure things out. Inductive logic does not exist, and does not show any positive signs in that direction; 'inference-to- the-best-explanation' is a name for a problem, not a theory of how humans accomplish some task. Formal semantics now looks like a thoroughly misbegotten project which cannot even begin to explain how human language is meaningful. ... Consequently, the very concept of truth appears to be in for major reconsideration." (Churchland P.S., "Epistemology in the Age of Neuroscience," Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 84, October 1987, pp.544-553, p.545) 13/09/2001 "The most fundamental point is that the human brain is a product of evolution. ... There is a fatal tendency to think of the brain as essentially in the fact-finding business-as a device whose primary function is to acquire propositional knowledge. At its best, supposedly, it discovers truth-for-its-own-sake. From a biological perspective, however, this does not make much sense. Looked at from an evolutionary point of view ... a nervous system enables the organism to succeed in the four F's; feeding, fleeing, fighting, and reproducing. ... Improvements in sensorimotor control confer an evolutionary advantage ... so long as it is geared to the organism's way of life and enhances the organism's chances of survival. Truth, whatever that is, definitely takes the hindmost." (Churchland P.S., "Epistemology in the Age of Neuroscience," Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 84, October 1987, pp.544-553, pp.548-549. Emphasis in original) 13/09/2001 "I remark that if the theory of the evolutionist were all conceded, the argument from designed adaptation would not be abolished, but only removed one step backward. If we are mistaken in believing that God made every living creature that moveth after its kind: if the higher kinds were in fact all developed from the lowest; then the question recurs: Who planned and adjusted these wondrous powers of development? Who endowed the cell- organs of the first living protoplasm with all this fitness for evolution into the numerous and varied wonders of animal life and function, so diversified, yet all orderly adaptations? There is a wonder of creative wisdom and power, at least equal to that of the Mosaic genesis. That this point is justly taken, appears thus: Those philosophers who concede (as I conceive, very unphilosophically and unnecessarily) the theory of "creation by law," do not deem that they have thereby weakened the teleological argument in the least. It appears again, in the language of evolutionists themselves: When they unfold what they suppose to be the results of this system, they utter the words `beautiful contrivance of nature,' `wise adjustment' and such like, involuntarily. This is the testimony of their own reason, uttered in spite of a perverse and shallow theory." (Dabney R.L., "Systematic Theology," , Banner of Truth: Edinburgh, 1985, reprint, p.37) 15/09/2001 "This dichotomy extends to mathematical models of evolution. The precision with which they can describe and predict simple Mendelian processes or the outcomes of population-growth and competition experiments in glass jars proves the reality of the models in artificially simple cases in which factors are few, known, and quantifiable. On the other hand, the factors concerned in real cases of organic evolution are more numerous and more difficult to identify and measure than the factors that determine weather. Mathematical models of real evolutionary processes may therefore be even more wrong than weather predictions But while bad weather predictions are promptly falsified by visible events, bad mathematical models of evolution are not, because evolution cannot be seen as weather can. So, erroneous models of evolution may be uncritically accepted. This is not just a remote possibility but a frightening probability, frightening because the wrong conclusions are likely to be applied to man with consequences incomparably more disastrous than having a picnic rained out." (Darlington, P.J., Jr., "Evolution for Naturalists: The Simple Principles and Complex Reality," John Wiley & Sons: New York NY, 1980, p.40) 15/09/2001 "These were virtues or accidents. But side by side with them were what I shall describe as vices. These, we now have to admit, were almost as great a help, almost as valuable a combination in achieving his success, as the virtues that accompanied them. By that I mean his public and political success in mass conversion. These vices were of three kinds: a conservative outlook in every respect except the evolutionary hypothesis; a failure to recognize or to relate his own ideas, his larger ideas, with those of others working in the same field; and a flexible strategy which is not to be reconciled with even average intellectual integrity: by contrast with Wallace, Lyell, Hooker, Chambers or even Spencer, Darwin was slippery." (Darlington C.D., "Darwin's Place in History," Basil Blackwell: Oxford UK, 1959, p.60) 16/09/2001 "Darwin's independence of other people's ideas led him (and his admirers) to think of himself as a man of ideas. It led him to copy out the observations from his predecessor's writings while ignoring their theories. His own methods nourished his own illusions. He began more and more to grudge praise to those who had in fact paved the way for him. We see this very well if we compare him with his contemporaries. Chambers and Naudin both praised Lamarck at the same time that both of them rejected him. Darwin damned Lamarck and also his grandfather for being very ill-dressed fellows at the same moment that he was engaged on stealing their clothes. He ridicules Lamarck's speculations and caps them with his own. He scorns Buffon's 'fluctuating opinions' while he himself is fluctuating from one edition to another, even from one chapter to another. And fluctuating with an opportunism which he judiciously strives to conceal." (Darlington, 1959, p.62) 17/09/2001 "Darwin also considers the argument that the subject of evolution `was in the air,' `that men's minds were prepared for it.' We may note that even if this was so, it would not explain why Darwin was the individual who plucked evolution out of the air or how he accomplished the feat. Darwin himself rejected the argument out of hand because, as he wrote, he `never happened to come across a single naturalist who seemed to doubt about the permanence of species,' and he acknowledged no debt to his predecessors. These are extraordinary statements. They cannot be literally true, yet Darwin cannot be consciously lying, and he may therefore be judged unconsciously misleading, naive, forgetful, or all three. His own grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, whose work Charles knew very well, was a pioneer evolutionist. Darwin was also familiar with the work of Lamarck, and had certainly met at least a few naturalists who had flirted with the idea of evolution. He actually specifies one elsewhere in the autobiography: a Robert Edmund Grant, professor at the University of London. Of all this Darwin says that none of these forerunners had any effect on him. Then, in almost the next breath, he admits that hearing evolutionary views supported and praised rather early in life may have favored his upholding them later." (Simpson, G.G., "Charles Darwin in search of himself," Scientific American, August 1958, Vol. 199, No. 2, pp.117-122, p.119) 18/09/2001 "An essential claim of Darwinism devolves on the ubiquity of organic adaptation. The presumption is that physical characteristics have an adaptive value; they were preserved and selected because of their useful natures in the struggle for existence. But, in fact, it is easy to see that even in principle Darwinians guard themselves against counterarguments. Take something much discussed by evolutionists: the sail on the back of the Permian reptile, Dimetrodon. ... The possibility that this may have absolutely no adaptive value is given no credence at all, as Darwinians plunge into their favorite parlour game: 'find the adaptational The sail was a defense mechanism (it scared predators), or it served for sexual display (not much chance of mistaking someone's intentions with that thing along one's backside), or, as many evolutionists (including Raup and Stanley) suppose, it worked as a heat-regulating device to keep the cold-blooded Dimetrodon at a more constant temperature in the fluctuating environment. The animal would move the sail around in the sunlight and wind, heating or cooling the blood it the sail, which could then be passed through to the rest of the body. In short as this example shows. There has to be some reason for anything and everything. One can be sure that if the Darwinian can think of no potential value in the struggle for existence, then value will be found in the struggle for reproduction. Even the most absurd and grotesque of physical features are supposed to have irrepressible aphrodisiac qualities. Like the Freudians, Darwinians get a lot of mileage out of sex." (Ruse M., "Darwinism Defended: A Guide to the Evolution Controversies," , Addison-Wesley: Reading MA, 1983, Third Printing, pp.134-135) 18/09/2001 "Darwin's difficulty had several aspects. For one thing, the presence of vestigial organs could hardly be accounted for by natural selection. It could not be a critical need of the creature to lose useful organs-the toes in the flipper of the whale or the eyes of the mole. The more these vestiges suggested evolution, the less they supported natural selection. Darwin fell back on the Lamarckian factor of disuse. Then there were differences between related species such as the varying number of hairs on the head of certain insects, or the tuft on the breast of the wild turkey, which fulfilled no visible purpose. Yet natural selection required life-and-death utility before it could come into play, so Darwin had to suppose direct environmental influence a la Buffon or selection through sexual preference. In other words Darwin was slowly coming back to some of the positions of the early nineteenth-century evolutionists, including his own grandfather's ideas." (Barzun J., "Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage," , Doubleday Anchor: Garden City NY, Revised Second Edition, 1958, p.60) 19/09/2001 "The real core of Darwinism, however, is the theory of natural selection. This theory is so important for the Darwinian because it permits the explanation of adaptation, the "design" of the natural theologian, by natural means, instead of by divine intervention."(Mayr, E.W., "Foreword," in Ruse M., "Darwinism Defended: A Guide to the Evolution Controversies," , Addison-Wesley: Reading MA, 1983, Third Printing, pp.xi-xii) 20/09/2001 "... thought, however unintelligible it may be, seems as much function of organ, as bile of liver" (Darwin, C.R., in Barrett P.H., et al., eds., "Charles Darwin's Notebooks, 1836-1844," Cornell University Press: Ithaca NY, 1987, p.614, in Wright R., "The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life," , Vintage Books: New York NY, 1995, reprint, p.351) 21/09/2001 "The notion that slow, gentle pressure produces extinction is part of the Darwinian paradigm. In The Origin of Species, Darwin used the metaphor of a log of wood with many wedges driven into its surface. Newly driven wedges were the newly evolved species. With crowding of wedges (species), each new wedge displaced and expelled old ones from the log. The clear implication is that gentle pressure exerted by new and better-adapted species leads to the extinction of one or more incumbent species. This idea is appealing and has been learned by generations of biology students. But its verification from actual field data is negligible." (Raup D.M., "Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck?" , Oxford University Press: Oxford UK, 1993, reprint, pp.184-185) 21/09/2001 "It is one of those fixed images of evolution: adventurous fish managing to hoist themselves onto their stubby fins and crawling clumsily out of the swamps to forage for food. Once these primeval creatures were on terra firma, their offspring began to adapt to their new environment, natural selection (over tens of millions of years) favoring those that developed features well suited to life on land: paws, hooves, knees, joints, fingers and thumbs. Thus, as generations of schoolchildren have learned, did these marine creatures give rise to frogs, birds, dinosaurs and all the rest. There's only one problem with this familiar version of how our distant ancestors emerged from the sea: it's probably wrong. For one thing, the first creatures to waddle ashore were arthropods with welldeveloped legs and pincers. For another, newly assembled fossils-in particular, a 360 million-year-old salamander-like aquatic animal called Acanthostega- strongly suggest that toes and feet were developed before the first relatives of fish climbed onto land, not after. Moreover, in shape and function, Acanthostega's fully jointed toes bear no resemblance to the spiky, fanlike fins of a fish. Scientists believe they understand how a fish's gills evolved into an amphibian's lungs. But how did fins turn into feet like these?" (Nash, J.M., "Where Do Toes Come From?" TIME, August 7,1995, p.68) 21/09/2001 "Clack who works at the University of Cambridge's Museum of Zoology, discovered the bulk of Acanthostega's skeleton in 1987 and has been carefully reconstructing it ever since with fellow paleontologist Michael Coates. They are just finishing up their monographs on the creature, and some of the conclusions they've drawn from its body are surprising other paleontologists. For a long time it was assumed that our limbs and feet, which work so well for walking on land, evolved for that exact purpose. But Acanthostega has convinced Clack and Coates otherwise; tetrapod anatomy evolved while our ancestors lived exclusively underwater and it evolved for life underwater. The first vertebrate that walked onto land didn't crawl on fish fins, it had evolved well-turned legs millions of years beforehand." (Zimmer, C., "Coming Onto the Land," Discover, Vol. 16, June 1995, pp.118-127, p.120) 21/09/2001 "But in 1987, Ahlberg and Jenny Clack of the University of Cambridge discovered some remarkably complete fossils on the barren shores of Greenland. Acanthostega is around the same age as Ichthyostega and is also a very primitive tetrapod, forcing the palaeontologists to rethink. Years of painstaking laboratory analysis have revealed that Acanthostega looked similar to the panderichthyids, except that it had limbs with digits instead of lobe-fins. The big surprise, however, is that this creature would have spent most of its time in the water. "We didn't expect to find Acanthostega having such a fish-like gill apparatus," says Coates, who described the material with Clack. "While it had lungs, it may not have been obliged to use them. The gill skeleton is an important part of our interpretation of Acanthostega as primarily, and primitively, aquatic," he adds." (McLeod, M., "One small step for fish, one giant leap for us," New Scientist, Vol. 167, 19 August 2000, p.28) 21/09/2001 "The ability of the lungfishes to breathe air is certainly suggestive of an intermediate stage between fishes and land-living vertebrates. (In this connection it is interesting to note that the Australian lungfish is able to `walk' along the bottom of the rivers or pools in which it lives by using its paired fins like legs.) Yet in spite of such specializations in the lungfishes directed toward a method of surviving out of the water, the total evidence points quite clearly to the fact that these vertebrates are not and never have been on the direct line of evolution leading from fishes to the first land-living vertebrates. Briefly the lungfishes show too many specializations, even in the earliest known stages of their evolutionary history, for vertebrates that might occupy an intermediate position along the line from fishes to amphibians." (Colbert, E.H. & Morales, M., "Evolution of the Vertebrates: A History of the Backboned Animals Through Time," , John Wiley & Sons: New York NY, Fourth Edition, 1990, Second Printing, 1992, pp.62-63) 22/09/2001 "The advocates of creation find in the smallest details of nature signs pointing inevitably to the conclusion that, in their minds, is inescapable. The advocates of evolution, on the other hand, seek endlessly in that same nature traces of events that often left none, attempting to reconstruct what they want to be not a myth but a history, a theory that evolves. This dialogue of the deaf will eternally oppose those who deny a universal and imposed vision of the world and those who cannot do without it." (Jacob F., The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity," , Trans. Spillmann B.E., Pantheon: New York NY, 1982, reprint, p.ix) 22/09/2001 "Yet, although the principles involved in the organization, construction and logic of living systems can now be perceived, although their origin can be glimpsed by extrapolation, it is still hard to grasp the series of events that led from the organic to the living." (Jacob F., The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity," , Trans. Spillmann B.E., Pantheon: New York NY, 1982, reprint, p.304) 22/09/2001 "A final, obvious question. What about the Darwinism I am defending in this essay? Do I pretend that it reflects no ideology? Do I claim that all of its hypotheses are so firmly based, that no sense of values and of wishes can be found behind the claims within its boundaries? Do I think that the extension to human social behavior reveals no commitment to any value system? No indeed! I believe that Darwinism, especially as it extends into human sociobiology, reflects a strong ideology. Moreover, this is one to be proud of." (Ruse M., "Darwinism Defended: A Guide to the Evolution Controversies," , Addison-Wesley: Reading MA, 1983, Third Printing, p.280) 22/09/2001 "If we believe in only one universe then the remarkably uniform arrangement of cosmic matter, and the consequent coolness of space, are almost miraculous, a conclusion which strongly resembles the traditional religious concept of a world which was purpose-built by God for subsequent habitation by mankind. " (Davies P.C.W., "Other Worlds," , Penguin: London, 1990, reprint, p.162) 23/09/2001 "Whales have diverged more than any other mammals from the basic pattern of the mammal class. How long they (or seals, dugongs, ichthyosaurus, birds, and bats) may have taken to develop from quadruped ancestors is not known, but their extraordinary specialization (like that of the bats) must have been complete in about 10 million years (Eldredge 1989, 23). It could have been less because whales may have been around long before the first known bones show their presence. But 10 million years is less than a fifth of the time taken by Hyracotherium to become a not extremely different animal, the modern horse. During this period, whales, besides converting forelimbs to flippers and growing a long and powerful tail, moved the nostril to the top of the head, modified their respiratory system, and made other adaptations for feeding in the depths. They remarkably developed new organs, dorsal fins and flukes, from skin and connective tissue (Young 1981, 498). In addition, before losing the hind limbs necessary to clamber onto the shore, they had to become able to give birth in the water, a process that must have involved new instincts for both mother and calf, including suckling the calf by pumping milk into its mouth, having surrounded the nipple with a cap to keep out seawater. It is difficult to imagine how all of this could have come about without a remarkable series of highly coordinated changes." (Wesson, R.G., "Beyond Natural Selection," , MIT Press: Cambridge MA, Rreprinted, 1994, pp.51-52) 24/09/2001 "Genetic considerations also point up the difficulty of the whale's rapid evolution. By Mayr's calculation, in a rapidly evolving line an organ may enlarge about 1 to 10 percent per million years, but organs of the whale- inbecoming must have grown about ten times more rapidly over 10 million years. Perhaps 300 generations are required for a gene substitution (Mayr 1963, 238, 259). Moreover, mutations need to occur many times, even with considerable selective advantage, in order to have a good chance of becoming fixed. Considering the length of whale generations, the rarity with which the needed mutations are likely to appear, and the multitude of mutations needed to convert a land animal into a whale, it is easy to conclude that gradualist natural selection of random variations cannot account for this animal. After their perplexing rapid development, both whales and bats have for many million years evolved slowly, supposedly because their populations mingle widely, with no territoriality and much dispersal (Carl et al. 1977, 3945)." (Wesson, R.G., "Beyond Natural Selection," , MIT Press: Cambridge MA, Rreprinted, 1994, pp.51-52) 24/09/2001 "Perhaps we should not expect to understand major evolutionary innovations. None has ever been observed; indeed, no one has ever observed a mutation's making even the beginnings of a new organ. Innovation is the central problem that has troubled evolutionists ever since Darwin, and it is no less mysterious today than when he published his great book." (Wesson, R.G., "Beyond Natural Selection," , MIT Press: Cambridge MA, Rreprinted, 1994, p.53) 24/09/2001 "Simultaneous changes, in several bodily parts, pose real difficulties for our conventional evolutionary paradigm, which relies on discrete Mendelian genetic units as the currency of heredity and loci of mutation: the concept unabashedly demands that several or many genetically unlinked mutations should be favoured in a short time by natural selection operating on populations of organisms-that is, parallel evolution. Our knowledge of the ontogenic process seems to require that, if several genetic changes are to occur, they must be co-ordinated if they are to be harmoniously integrated into the four dimensions of development. If the process of mutation is occurring at random in the nucleic acids of the germ cells, it is difficult to see how all these ontogenic criteria can be satisfied: the most likely result of a random mutation process will be the production of "abnormal", and probably "unfit", phenotypes. A simple calculation shows that provision of the 'correct" phenotype by a random genetic mutation process will be an extremely rare event. Suppose that an important adaptive process in a multicellular species requires the parallel occurrence within an individual of three new dominant germline genes: if the chance for each to occur is (say) 10-5 per gene per generation, then the probability of their mutual occurrence is very unlikely (10-15)." (Steele, E.J., "Somatic Selection and Adaptive Evolution: On the Inheritance of Acquired Characters," , University of Chicago Press: Chicago IL, Second Edition, 1981, p.4. Emphasis in original) 24/09/2001 "Where so little has been done and so much is still speculative, it is difficult to give a coherent account that is at the same time soundly based in all points. The account has clearly to be one of a work in progress, already out of date the moment it is written. Yet, in order to retain any intelligibility, it must be told as a reasonable, continuous, hypothetical story, a myth of the origin of life, and this will be found in the subsequent chapters." (Bernal, J.D., "The Origin of Life," , Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London, 1973, Third Impression, pp.34-35) 25/09/2001 "Always ask whether the hypothesis can be, at least in principle, falsified. Propositions that are untestable, unfalsifiable are not worth much. Consider the grand idea that our Universe and everything in it is just an elementary particle - an electron, say - in a much bigger Cosmos. But if we can never acquire information from outside our Universe, is not the idea incapable of disproof? You must be able to check assertions out. Inveterate sceptics must be given the chance to follow your reasoning, to duplicate your experiments and see if they get the same result." (Sagan, C.E., "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark," , Headline: London, 1997, reprint, p.198. Emphasis in original) 25/09/2001 "The authors of this work consider the Bible to be the authoritative, inerrant revelation of God. It does not follow from this, however, that (1) the scientific models regarding the age of the earth and the universe must be overthrown in order to maintain the scientific authority of Scripture, or that (2) the scientific authority of Scripture must be reduced to a few propositions like "God is behind it all." Although neither theistic evolution nor recent creationism is necessarily as extreme as the ends of the spectrum above indicate, our position is to be identified with neither of these. We advocate a third, intermediate view usually labeled "progressive creationism." (Newman R.C. & Eckelmann H.J., Jr., "Genesis One and the Origin of the Earth," , Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute: Hatfields PA, 4th printing, 1991, p.11) 25/09/2001 "Another sensitive area at the moment is palaeontology. Many-perhaps most-palaeontologists are beginning to feel quite strongly that there is a great deal more to the fossil record than can be predicted by natural selection alone. In a recent research textbook (Patterns of Evolution, edited by Hallam, 1977), for example, eleven out of fifteen of the world's leading palaeontologists expressed doubts about the conventional 'gradualist' interpretation of the fossil record-an interpretation by which Darwin himself set much store. This gradualism was originally derived from an impression of the way in which natural selection acts; since selection was thought to act slowly to produce adaptation it was assumed that the fossils themselves would show gradual change over time. But, as modern palaeontologists now recognize, there is no such obvious trend in the fossils. The fossil record, they argue, is open to a different interpretation in which creatures change quite rapidly and then remain unchanged for great lengths of time. Once again the reductionist expectation-that events at the 'macro' level should be directly derivable from an appreciation of the 'micro' level-has foundered." (Leith B., "The Descent of Darwin: A Handbook of Doubts about Darwinism," Collins: London, 1982, p.33) 26/09/2001 "In the most part, however, conventional Darwinian theory rationalizes most adaptations by assuming that sufficient time has transpired during evolution for natural selection to provide us with all the biological adaptations we see on earth today. That the earth is very old cannot be debated, but in reality the adaptive process must by necessity occur rather quickly (in one or at the most two breeding generations)." (Steele, E.J., "Somatic Selection and Adaptive Evolution: On the Inheritance of Acquired Characters," , University of Chicago Press: Chicago IL, Second Edition, 1981, p.3) 27/09/2001 "The theory of evolution is another example of a theory highly valued by scientists because of its enormous explanatory power, but which lies in a sense too deep to be directly proved or disproved." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth," Simon & Schuster: New York NY, 1982, pp.16-17) 27/09/2001 "C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), perhaps the best-known Christian apologist of his day and a personal friend of Captain Acworth's [Chairman, Evolution Protest Movement, London]. ... In 1951 he confessed that his belief in the unimportance of evolution had been shaken while reading one of his friend's manuscripts. `I wish I were younger,' he confided to Acworth. `What inclines me now to think that you may be right in regarding it [evolution] as the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives is not so much your arguments against it as the fanatical and twisted attitudes of its defenders.'" (C.S. Lewis to B. Acworth, September 13, 1951, in Numbers R.L., "The Creationists: the Evolution of Scientific Creationism," , University of California Press: Berkeley CA, 1993, p.153) 29/09/2001 "So a metaphysical system, although naturalistic and secular, has been built up by modern humanists around the nucleus of biological evolutionism. Such a system may be seen to the best advantage in the writings of the well- known biologist, Julian Huxley (18871975), grandson of Darwin's 'bulldog', Thomas Henry Huxley. Really Julian Huxley espoused a new religion, rather than a mere metaphysical system. Accepting with enthusiasm the doctrine of evolutionism, he maintained that the future evolutionary process on Earth is to be carried out almost exclusively by man. Thus man's destiny has become that of realising his evolutionary potentialities and furthering the evolutionary process, which for Huxley is a notion that may be contemplated with a kind of religious enthusiasm." (Oldroyd, D.R., "Darwinian Impacts: An Introduction to the Darwinian Revolution," , New South Wales University Press: Kensington NSW, Australia, Second Revised Edition, 1988, reprint, p.254) October 1/10/2001 "Notice, this is exactly what we would expect as evidence of good creative design and engineering practice. Suppose you were in the bridge-building business, and you were interviewing a couple of engineers to determine whom you wanted to hire. One fellow says, "Each bridge I build will be entirely different from all others." Proudly he tells you "Each bridge will be made using different materials and different processes so that no one will ever be able to see any similarity between the bridges I build. " How does that sound? Now the next fellow comes in and says, "Well, out back in your yard I saw a supply of I-beams and various sizes of heavy bolts and cables. We can use those to span either a river or the San Francisco Bay. I can adapt the same parts and processes to meet a wide variety of needs. You'll be able to see a theme and a variation in my bridge building and others can see the stamp of authorship in our work." Which fellow would you hire?" (Parker G.E., "Creation: the Facts of Life," Master Book Publishers: San Diego CA, 1980, p.26) 1/10/2001 "A creationist would also expect many biochemical similarities in all living organisms. We all drink the same water, breathe the same air, and eat the same food. Supposing, on the other hand, God had made plants with a certain type of amino acids, sugars, purines, pyrimidines, etc.; then made animals with a different type of amino acids, sugars, purines, pyrimidines, etc.; and, finally, made man with a third type of amino acids, sugars, etc. What could we eat? We couldn't eat plants; we couldn't eat animals; all we could eat would be each other! Obviously, that wouldn't work. All of the key molecules in plants, animals, and man had to be the same. The metabolism of plants, animals, and man, based on the same biochemical principles, had to be similar, and therefore key metabolic pathways would employ similar macromolecules, modified to fit the particular internal environment of the organism or cell in which it must function." (Gish D.T., "Creation Scientists Answer Their Critics," Institute for Creation Research: El Cajon CA, 1993, p.277) 1/10/2001 "Nevertheless, the application of this method to areas where we have little knowledge is essentially an act of faith. For example, one exercise which we shall later carry through is to estimate the likelihoods of the origin of life in a suitable planetary system, the origin of intelligence, the origin of technical civilization, etc. Such estimates are, either implicitly or explicitly, based upon terrestrial experience. But it is dangerous to extrapolate from one example. This is why, for example, the discovery of life on one other planet-e.g., Mars-can, in the words of the American physicist Philip Morrison, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, `transform the origin of life from a miracle to a statistic.'" (Shklovskii I.S. & Sagan, C.E., "Intelligent Life in the Universe," , Picador: London, 1977, p.358) 1/10/2001 "It is often considered that at least the origin of the universe requires a God - indeed an Aristotelian idea.* This is a point worth looking at in a little more detail. First of all, it is perfectly possible that the universe is infinitely old and therefore requires no Creator." (Sagan, C.E., "Broca's Brain: The Romance of Science," , Coronet: London, 1980, reprint, pp.354-355) 1/10/2001 "Naturalism was a major premise of Darwin's thinking and the success of his theory gave strong sanction to the validity of naturalism, showing that the supernatural account of the world's seeming design was a superfluity." (Oldroyd, D.R., "Darwinian Impacts: An Introduction to the Darwinian Revolution," , New South Wales University Press: Kensington NSW, Australia, Second Revised Edition, 1988, reprint, p.254) 1/10/2001 "Biology has become, quite simply, the study of the causes and effects of evolution, and the question of the origin of life is, first, the question of the origin of evolution." (Cairns-Smith, A.G., "Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story," Cambridge University Press: Cambridge UK, 1993, reprint, p.1) 2/10/2001 "What in your judgment are the most serious objections to Darwinian theory? The most serious objection I have is with the nature of mutation. Darwinism is based on the idea that all the mutations which have been selected during the course of evolution were, when they initially occurred, entirely random. Mutations are random, and when an organism has a mutation which in fact is advantageous to it, that's purely fortuitous. This is the essential bedrock of Darwinism. The mutational input into living things is, as it were, at random. Now, the problem with this doctrine is that we simply don't know much about mutations. ... Darwinism is claiming that all the adaptive structures in nature, all the organisms which have existed throughout history were generated by the accumulation of entirely undirected mutations. That is an entirely unsubstantiated belief for which there is not the slightest evidence whatsoever. Maybe there will never be that evidence because those mutations occurred in the distant past and have now disappeared forever, perhaps, from the view of man. So the first claim, that random mutations are selected and create different forms of life, is unsustained. The second problem is that there are a vast number of complex systems in nature, and no matter how unglamorous this problem is, no matter how people try to look the other way, the fact is that a huge number of highly complex systems in nature cannot be plausibly accounted for in terms of a gradual build-up of small random mutations." (Denton, M.J., in "An Interview With Michael Denton," Origins Research, Access Research Network, Vol. 15, No. 2, July 20, 1995) 3/10/2001 "Of course, when thinking about the V2 rocket I was thinking about a product of human design, whereas, a few years later, when I was thinking about the shapes of mammalian teeth, I was asking why mammals were better at chewing, and so left more descendants. But this difference had no effect on the way I thought about the two problems. Indeed, I have become increasingly convinced that there is no way of telling the difference between an evolved organism and an artifact designed by an intelligent being. Thus imagine that the first spacemen to land on Mars are met by an object which appears to have sense organs (eyes, ears) and organs of locomotion (legs, wings). How will they know whether it is an evolved organism, or a robot designed by an evolved organism? Only, I think, by finding out where it came from, and perhaps not even then." (Maynard Smith, J., "Genes, Memes, & Minds." Review of Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett. Simon and Schuster. The New York Review of Books, Vol. XLII, No. 19, November 30, 1995, pp.46-48, p.46) 3/10/2001 "In a generous admission Francisco Ayala, a major figure in propounding the Modern Synthesis in the United States, said: `We would not have predicted stasis from population genetics, but I am now convinced from what the paleontologists say that small changes do not accumulate.'" (Lewin, R., "Evolutionary-Theory Under Fire: An historic conference in Chicago challenges the four-decade long dominance of the Modern Synthesis," Science, Vol. 210, 21 November 1980, pp.883-887, p.884) 3/10/2001 "Gould occupies a rather curious position, particularly on his side of the Atlantic. Because of the excellence of his essays, he has come to be seen by nonbiologists as the preeminent evolutionary theorist. In contrast, the evolutionary biologists with whom I have discussed his work tend to see him as a man whose ideas are so confused as to be hardly worth bothering with, but as one who should not be publicly criticized because he is at least on our side against the creationists. All this would not matter, were it not that he is giving nonbiologists a largely false picture of the state of evolutionary theory." (Maynard Smith, J., "Genes, Memes, & Minds." Review of Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett. Simon and Schuster. The New York Review of Books, Vol. XLII, No. 19, November 30, 1995, pp.46-48, p.46) 4/10/2001 "But adaptationism remains the core of biological thinking. Confronted with feathers, or eyes, or ribosomes, we cannot not ask what they are for. It would be no more plausible to suppose that they are accidental and non- selected byproducts of something else than it would be to suppose that the gyroscope in the V2 rocket was connected as it was because some German fitter made a mistake." (Maynard Smith, J., "Genes, Memes, & Minds." Review of Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett. Simon and Schuster. The New York Review of Books, Vol. XLII, No. 19, November 30, 1995, pp.46-48, p.47) 5/10/2001 "Where the conventional ideology goes most seriously astray is in its focusing on the process of science instead of on the motives and needs of scientists. Scientists are not different from other people. In donning the white coat at the laboratory door, they do not step aside from the passions, ambitions, and failings that animate those in other walks of life. Modern science is a career. Its stepping-stones are published articles in the scientific literature. To be successful a researcher must get as many articles published as possible, secure government grants, build up a laboratory and the resources to hire graduate students, increase the production of published papers, strive to be awarded a tenured post at a university, write articles that may come to the notice of committees that award scientific prizes, gain election to the National Academy of Sciences, and hope one day to win an invitation to Stockholm." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.19) 5/10/2001 "The term "scientific fraud" is often assumed to mean the wholesale invention of data. But this is almost certainly the rarest kind of fabrication. Those who falsify scientific data probably start and succeed with the much lesser crime of improving upon existing results. Minor and seemingly trivial instances of data manipulation-such as making results appear just a little crisper or more definitive than they really are, or selecting just the "best" data for publication and ignoring those that don't fit the case-are probably far from unusual in science. But there is only a difference in degree between `cooking' the data and inventing a whole experiment out of thin air." (Broad W. & Wade N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.20) 5/10/2001 "A continuous spectrum can be drawn from the major and minor acts of fabrication to self-deception, a phenomenon of considerable importance in all branches of science. Fraud, of course, is deliberate and self- deception unwitting, but there is probably a class of behavior in between where the subject's motives are ambiguous even to himself. Cases of self-deception are included in this book because they pose exactly the same test to the self-policing mechanisms of science as errors committed deliberately." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.20) 5/10/2001 "The study of fraud sheds light on how all scientists behave; nevertheless, its incidence appears to be somewhat less in the "hard" sciences, i.e., those such as physics, which have a high mathematical content. The tight logical structure of mathematics virtually precludes falsification, so that highly mathematized sciences possess a certain built-in protection against fraud. In the spectrum that runs from hard sciences to soft sciences, from physics to sociology, the center is probably occupied by biology, a discipline in which fraud is by no means rare. Biology and medicine are also the disciplines in which fraud is likely to affect the public welfare most directly." (Broad W. & Wade N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.20) 5/10/2001 "All these statements, as Robson and Richards also note, are subject to recognized exceptions - and this imposes a great frustration upon anyone who would characterize the modern synthesis in order to criticize it. All the synthesists recognized exceptions and `ancillary processes,' but they attempted both to prescribe a low relative frequency for them and to limit their application to domains of little evolutionary importance. Thus, genetic drift certainly occurs - but only in populations so small and so near the brink that their rapid extinction will almost certainly ensue. And phenotypes include many non-adaptive features by allometry and pleiotropy, but all are epiphenomena of primarily adaptive genetic changes and none can have any marked effect upon the organism (for, if inadaptive, they will lead to negative selection and elimination and, if adaptive, will enter the model in their own right). Thus, a synthesist could always deny a charge of rigidity by invoking these official exceptions, even though their circumscription, both in frequency and effect, actually guaranteed the hegemony of the two cardinal principles." (Gould, S.J., "Is a new and general theory of evolution emerging?," Paleobiology, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 1980, pp.119-130, p.120) 7/10/2001 "No philosophy is completely disinterested. The pure love of truth is always mingled to some extent with the need, consciously or unconsciously felt by even the noblest and the most intelligent philosophers, to justify a given form of personal or social behaviour, to rationalize the traditional prejudices of a given class or community." (Huxley A., "Ends and Means: An Enquiry into the Nature of Ideals and into the Methods Employed for their Realization," , Chatto & Windus: London, 1938, Third Impression, p.272) 7/10/2001 "The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics; he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and govern in the way that they find most advantageous to themselves." (Huxley A., "Ends and Means: An Enquiry into the Nature of Ideals and into the Methods Employed for their Realization," , Chatto & Windus: London, 1938, Third Impression, p.272) 7/10/2001 "For myself, as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom; we objected to the political economic system because it was unjust. The supporters of these systems claimed that in some way they embodied the meaning (a Christian meaning, they insisted) of the world. There was one admirably simple method of refuting these people and at the same time justifying ourselves in our political and erotic revolt: we could deny that the world had any meaning whatsoever." (Huxley A., "Ends and Means: An Enquiry into the Nature of Ideals and into the Methods Employed for their Realization," , Chatto & Windus: London, 1938, Third Impression, p.273) 7/10/2001 "The general acceptance of a doctrine that denies meaning and value to the world as a whole while assigning them in a supreme degree to certain arbitrarily selected parts of the totality, can only have evil and disastrous results." (Huxley A., "Ends and Means: An Enquiry into the Nature of Ideals and into the Methods Employed for their Realization," , Chatto & Windus: London, 1938, Third Impression, p.274) 8/10/2001 "Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of the faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are criticized and rejected as unlearned men.... Reckless and incompetent expounders of Holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren when they are caught in one of their mischievous false opinions and are taken to task by those who are not bound by the authority of our sacred books. For then, to defend their utterly foolish and obviously untrue statements, they will try to call upon Holy Scripture for proof and even recite from memory many passages which they think support their position, although they understand neither what they say nor the things about which they make assertion." (Augustine, "The Literal Meaning of Genesis," Newman Press: New York, 1982, pp. 42-43, in Young D.A., "The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical Evidence," Eerdmans: Grand Rapids MI, 1995, p.17) 8/10/2001 "Furthermore, those who, to be liberated from political or sexual restraint, accept the doctrine of absolute meaninglessness tend in a short time to become so much dissatisfied with their philosophy (in spite of the services it renders) that they will exchange it for any dogma, however manifestly nonsensical, which restores meaning if only to a part of the universe." (Huxley A., "Ends and Means: An Enquiry into the Nature of Ideals and into the Methods Employed for their Realization," , Chatto & Windus: London, 1938, Third Impression, p.275) 9/10/2001 "In mammals a single bone called the dentary (because it bears the teeth) makes up either half of the lower jaw. It articulates directly with the squamosal area of the skull. Reptiles have a more complex lower jaw with no fewer than six bones in either half. One of the bones of the jaw (the articular) articulates on the quadrate bone of the skull, a bone not found in mammals. All reptiles have a single rod-like bone in the ear (the columella) which connects the eardrum to the inner ear. There is no evidence that its 'simplicity' in any way impairs the hearing of its possessors, who can perceive pitch and volume as well as mammals; bird song would be wasted, at least on birds, if the columella lacked efficiency and left them partly deaf. Mammals possess three bones in the middle ear (stapes, malleus and incus, so called because they resemble, respectively, a stirrup, a hammer and an anvil); also a complicated inner ear, with the organs of balance and cochlea, containing the organ of Corti. ... Consider what such a transformation would require. Some early reptile would have scrapped the original hinge of its lower jaw and replaced it by a new one attached to another bone. Five bones of the lower jaw would have broken away from the biggest bone. The jaw-bone to which the hinge was originally attached would, after being set free, have forced its way into the middle part of the ear, dragging with it three of the lower jaw-bones which with the quadrate and columella, formed themselves into a completely new outfit. While all this was happening two complicated structures would have developed in the inner ear. The organ of Corti, peculiar to mammals and their essential organ of hearing, comprises some 3000 arches placed side by side so as to form a tunnel. Study the complexity of the cochlea and its nervous connections. Add to this the vestibular component of balance, which includes three semi-circular canals in planes at right angles to each other. Two different kinds of nerve receptor are finely designed to achieve their purpose. Both pieces of apparatus are intimately linked by their fluid (endolymph and perilymph) systems. There is no evidence that such elaborate evolution could, or did, take place. The apparatus is entirely novel; from what precursors did it derive?" (Pitman M., "Adam and Evolution," Rider & Co: London, 1984, pp.203-205) 9/10/2001 "Thus man's destiny has become that of realising his evolutionary potentialities and furthering the evolutionary process, which for Huxley is a notion that may be contemplated with a kind of religious enthusiasm: `Instead of worshipping supernatural rulers,...[the new evolutionary humanism] will sanctify the higher manifestations of human nature, in art and love, in intellectual comprehension and aspiring adoration, and will emphasize the fuller realization of life's possibilities as a sacred trust.'" (Huxley J.S., "The Humanist Frame," Allen & Unwin: London, 1961, p.26) The use of words such as 'sanctify', 'adoration' and 'sacred' is indicative of the elevation of evolutionary theory to the religious plane. Huxley sees the evolutionary emergence of intellectual powers in man as something inherently good and worthy of esteem. The process of the realisation of the possibilities of man (through the application of the methods of science, but with due regard to aesthetic considerations) has become the object of his faith." (Oldroyd, D.R., "Darwinian Impacts: An Introduction to the Darwinian Revolution," , New South Wales University Press: Kensington NSW, Australia, Second Revised Edition, 1988, reprint, p.254) 10/10/2001 "Here a doubt arises, and that is: whether the deluge which happened at the time of Noah was universal or not. And it would seem not, for the reasons now to be given: We have it in the Bible that this deluge lasted 40 days and 40 nights of incessant and universal rain, and that this rain rose to ten cubits above the highest mountain in the world. And if it had been that the rain was universal, it would have covered our globe which is spherical in shape. And this spherical surface is equally distant, in every part, from the centre of its sphere; hence the sphere of the waters being under the same conditions, it is impossible that the water upon it should move, because water does not move of its own accord unless to descend; therefore how could the waters of such a deluge depart, if it is proved that it has no motion?" (Da Vinci, L., "Seashells in the Mountains, from Notebooks (ca. 1480, 1506-1509, ca. 1515)," in Bolles E.B., ed., "Galileo's Commandment: 2,500 Years of Great Science Writing," , W.H. Freeman: New York NY, 1999, reprint, p.111) 10/10/2001 "For, like so many of my contemporaries, I took it for granted that there was no meaning. This was partly due to the fact that I shared the common belief that the scientific picture of an abstraction from reality was a true picture of reality as a whole; partly also to other, non-intellectual reasons. I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently assumed that it had none and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know. It is our will that decided how and upon what subjects we shall use our intelligence. Those who detect no meaning in the word generally do so, because, for one reason or another, it suits their books that the world should be meaningless." (Huxley, A., "Ends and Means: An Enquiry into the Nature of Ideals and into the Methods Employed for their Realization," , Chatto & Windus: London, 1938, Third Impression, pp.269-270) 11/10/2001 "Not only do careerist pressures exist in contemporary science, but the system rewards the appearance of success as well as genuine achievement. Universities may award tenure simply on the quantity of a researcher's publications, without considering their quality. A laboratory chief who has skillful younger scientists working for him will be rewarded for their efforts as if they were his own. Such misallocations of credit may not be common, but they are common enough to encourage a certain evident cynicism. It is in the climate of cynicism that a scientist's mind may first turn to considering the previously unthinkable: that of embellishing the research results he reports. Fraud in science is of course the abnegation of a researcher's fundamental purpose, the search for truth. It is thus an act of considerable moment, and one that is unlikely to be taken without careful consideration of the prevailing attitudes and mores in the laboratory, as well as of the chances of getting caught." (Broad, W. & Wade N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.19) 11/10/2001 "The human mind is another example of a crane. It evolved by natural selection, without need for an intelligent designer." (Maynard Smith, J., "Genes, Memes, & Minds." Review of Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett. Simon and Schuster. The New York Review of Books, Vol. XLII, No. 19, November 30, 1995, pp.46-48, p.47) 12/10/2001 "The first ancestor could only have been some kind of nucleus, an association of several molecules helping each other to re-form after a fashion. But then how did it all begin? And with what? The genetic message can be translated only by the products of its own proper translation. Without nucleic acids, proteins have no future. Without proteins, nucleic acids remain inert. Which is the hen, which the egg?" (Jacob, F., The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity," , Trans. Spillmann B.E., Pantheon: New York NY, 1982, reprint, p.305) 13/10/2001 "Experimental science is founded on a paradox. It purports to make objectively ascertainable fact the criterion of truth. But what gives science its intellectual delight is not dull facts but the ideas and theories that make sense of the facts. When textbooks appeal to the primacy of fact, there is an element of rhetoric in the argument. Finding facts in actuality is less rewarded than developing a theory or law that explains the facts, and herein lies an enticement. In making sense out of the unruly substance of nature, and in trying to get there first, a scientist is sometimes tempted to play fast and loose with the facts in order to make a theory look more compelling than it really is." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.23) 16/10/2001 "The past thirty years has seen a debate on the nature of language. For Skinner, the ability to learn a language was just an aspect of our general learning ability. For Chomsky and his students, it is a special faculty, both in the sense of being peculiar to humans and of being peculiar to language. Dennett accepts, and I agree, that this argument has been won by Chomsky: there is indeed a special "language organ" that enables children to learn to talk." (Maynard Smith, J., "Genes, Memes, & Minds." Review of Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett. Simon and Schuster. The New York Review of Books, Vol. XLII, No. 19, November 30, 1995, pp.46-48, p.48) 18/10/2001 "Why is logic alone not enough to resolve the competition between two paradigms? Because paradigms are logically incommensurable. Two paradigms may seem to use the same words and concepts, but in fact these elements are logically different. Mass, for example, is conserved in Newtonian physics but is convertible with energy in Einsteinian physics. Earth in pre-Copernican theory denoted a point of fixity. Proponents of rival paradigms are not speaking exactly the same language; they are bound to talk past each other because their terms of reference are not comparable. The incommensurability of competing paradigms has another important consequence in the Kuhnian thesis. A new paradigm cannot build on the one it succeeds; it can only supplant it. Science is not the cumulative process portrayed in the textbooks; it is a succession of revolutions, in each of which one conceptual world view is replaced by another." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, pp.132-133) 19/10/2001 "A particularly fertile ground for scientific self-deception lies in the field of animal-to-man communication. Time and again, the researcher's expectation has been projected onto the animal and reflected back to the researcher without his recognizing the source. The most famous case of this sort is that of Clever Hans, a remarkable horse that could apparently add and subtract and even solve problems that were presented to it. He has acquired immortality because his equine spirit returns from time to time to haunt the laboratories of experimental psychologists, announcing its presence with ghostly laughter that its victims are almost always the last to hear. Hans's trainer, a retired German schoolteacher named Wilhelm Von Osten, sincerely believed that he had taught Hans the ability to count. The horse would tap out numbers with his hoof, stopping when he had reached the right answer. He would count not just for his master but for others as well. The phenomenon was investigated by a psychologist, Oskar Pfungst, who discovered that Von Osten and others were unconsciously cuing the equine prodigy. As the horse reached the number of hoof taps corresponding to the correct answer, Von Osten would involuntarily jerk his head. Perceiving this unconscious cue, Hans would stop tapping. Pfungst found that the horse could detect head movements as slight as one-fifth of a millimeter. Pfungst himself played the part of the horse and found that twenty-three out of twenty-five questioners unwittingly cued him when to stop tapping." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.110) 20/10/2001 "But nothing indicates that the transition between the organic and the living can ever be really investigated. It may perhaps never become possible to estimate what the probability was of a living system appearing on earth. If the genetic code is universal, it is probably because every organism that has succeeded in living up till now is descended from one single ancestor. But, it is impossible to measure the probability of an event that occurred only once. It is to be feared that the subject may become bogged down in a slough of theories that can never be verified. The origin of life might well become a new centre of abstract quarrels, with schools and theories concerned, not with scientific predictions, but with metaphysics." (Jacob F., The Logic of Life: A History of Heredity," , Trans. Spillmann B.E., Pantheon: New York NY, 1982, reprint, p.306) 20/10/2001 "Varieties of Atheism. Broadly speaking, there are differing kinds of atheism. Traditional (metaphysical) atheism holds that there never was, is, or will be a God. The many with this view include Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Antony Flew. Mythological atheists, such as Friedrich Nietzsche, believe the God-myth was never a Being, but was once a live model by which people lived. This myth has been killed by the advancement of man's understanding and culture. There was a short-lived form of dialectical atheism held by Thomas Altizer which proposed that the once-alive, transcendent God actually died in the incarnation and crucifixion of Christ, and this death was subsequently realized in modern times. Semantical atheists (see VERIFICATION, EMPIRICAL) claim that God-talk is dead. This view was held by Paul Van Buren and others influenced by the logical positivists who had seriously challenged the meaningfulness of language about God. Of course, those who hold this latter view need not be actual atheists at all. They can admit to the existence of God and yet believe that it is not possible to talk about him in meaningful terms. This view has been called "acognosticism," since it denies that we can speak of God in cognitive or meaningful terms. Conceptual atheism believes that there is a God, but he is hidden from view, obscured by our conceptual constructions (see BUBER, MARTIN). Finally, practical atheists confess that God exists but believes that we should live as if he did not. The point is that we should not use God as a crutch for our failure to act in a spiritual and responsible way" (Geisler N.L., "Atheism," in "Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics," Baker: Grand Rapids MI, 1999, p.55) 20/10/2001 "But other proteins serve basic mechanical functions. Some push pull, some act as cords or struts, and parts of some molecules make excellent bearings. The machinery of muscle, for instance, has gangs of proteins that reach, grab a "rope" (also made of protein), pull it, then reach out again for a fresh grip; whenever you move, you use these machines. Amoebas and human cells move and change shape by using fibers and rods that act as molecular muscles and bones. A reversible, variable-speed motor drives bacteria through water by turning a corkscrew-shaped propeller. If a hobbyist could build tiny cars around such motors, several billions of billions would fit in a pocket, and 150-lane freeways could be built through your finest capillaries." (Drexler K.E., "Engines of Creation," , Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1992, p.8) 21/10/2001 "In Germany, the evolutionary doctrine was taken up with zeal and enthusiasm by the influential zoologist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), who developed what he called the 'monist' philosophy from Darwin's evolutionary naturalism. In Haeckel's view, ideas and spiritual values were mere epiphenomena with respect to matter. Hence we have the name monism, which became the Leitmotif of the Monist League, established in Germany in the late nineteenth century to propagate the monist viewpoint. This movement, like that of the gentle British humanists, with their Fabian affiliations, took on a quasi-religious character. But in Germany it became a leading platform of right-wing Social Darwinism, and, as Daniel Gasman has recently shown in an important study, (Gasman D., "The Scientific Origins of National Socialism: Social Darwinism in Ernst Haeckel and the German Monist League," Macdonald, London & New York, 1971) it provided the chief intellectual basis of Hitler's National Socialism. Evolutionary humanism did not always lead in directions that one would wish to commend." (, "Darwinian Impacts: An Introduction to the Darwinian Revolution," , New South Wales University Press: Kensington NSW, Australia, Second Revised Edition, 1988, reprint, p.255) 21/10/2001 "Consider a universal force which, like gravity, varies inversely as the square of distance but which is billions upon billions of times stronger than gravity. If there were such a force and if it were everywhere attractive like gravity, the universe would be pulled together into a tight ball with all the matter pulled as close together as it could get. But suppose this force were a repelling force, with every bit of matter repelling every other bit of matter. What then? The universe would be an ever-expanding gaseous cloud. Suppose, however, that the universe consisted of two kinds of particles, say, positives and negatives. Suppose that positives repelled positives but attracted negatives, and that negatives repelled negatives but attracted positives. Like kinds repel and unlike kinds attract (Figure 21.1). And suppose that there were equal numbers of each-and some neutrals unaffected by this force. What would the universe be like? The answer is simple: It would be like the one we are living in. For there are such particles and there is such a force-the electrical force." (Hewitt P.G., "Conceptual Physics," Addison Wesley Longman: Reading MA, Eighth Edition, 1998, p.373. Emphasis in original) 21/10/2001 "The problems of exactly replicating an experiment begin to look increasingly formidable once the criterion of exactness is applied. ... There are several reasons why in the real world exact replication is an impractical undertaking. (i) RECIPE INCOMPLETE. The published descriptions of an experiment are often incomplete. The omissions lie not in the major conceptual elements but in the little details of practical technique. Just as cookbook recipes leave out the tiny points that every cook knows, so do scientists in describing their experiments. But these little points of technique are often crucial to a successful outcome. They also may be unknown, despite the author's assumptions to the contrary, to all but an intimate network of researchers. Quite often there may even be deliberate omissions of necessary minor details. A researcher who has made a new discovery will want to publish it so as to establish priority, but he may also wish to have the field to himself for a time while he explores the consequences of the discovery. Both objectives can be attained by publishing a slightly incomplete recipe. (ii) RESOURCES UNAVAILABLE. Repeating an experiment often requires a major investment of time and money. Equipment has to be bought, a technique mastered, and often in biology, special cells or reagents have to be prepared or borrowed from the originator of the experiment. Replication is not like breathing; a scientist will try to replicate an experiment only if he believes the outcome will be significant. (iii) MOTIVATION LACKING. What makes a replication significant? The short answer is that replications are not significant and therefore are rarely performed. The reasons for this at first surprising situation are rooted in the reward system of science. The prizes go for originality; being second wins nothing. A replica, by definition, is not original. There is no credit to be won in replicating and validating someone else's experiment except in unusual circumstances. Not being able to replicate an experimentis also of little practical consequence, so little, in fact, that scientists often don't bother to publish the fact. In sum, there is little chance of winning credit in any replication, whether the outcome is positive or negative, if the replication is done for the exclusive purpose of testing the validity of a colleague's work." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, pp.76-77) 22/10/2001 "The main purpose of this book is to convey how the new molecular genetics is gradually eroding the edifices constructed in the past by neo-Darwinists to support the concept of natural selection acting on random genetic variations as the only mechanistic agent of evolutionary change." (Steele, E.J., Lindley R.A. & Blanden R.V., "Lamarck's Signature: How Retrogenes are Changing Darwin's Natural Selection Paradigm," Allen & Unwin: St Leonards NSW, Australia, 1998, p.11. Emphasis in original) 23/10/2001 "What is wrong with us that we continue to do such idiotic and lethal things when we should know better? We propose an evolutionary answer to that question. At heart we are still primitive people. We evolve far more slowly than our culture. Thus we are a species of an old-fashioned design trying to cope with a new-fashioned world that we have built ourselves. We are discovering that it is easier to invent things than to know what to do with them, or even to predict what they will do to us down the road. We have created a technology of appalling potency and it is beginning to show signs that it may be out of control. It is running away from our emotions faster than from our wits. Unfortunately we make our most critical decisions out of passions not out of reason, because in our guts we are passionate stone-age people. ... There is a way out of this. It is not more weapons, more treaties, more garbage, more chemicals, or more smog. It is better people. Perhaps the next step in our evolution as a species will be for us to recognize that natural selection of our emotions has been too slow, and that we must speed things up, to keep pace with our culture, through applied genetics. ... If we should succeed in helping ourselves through applied genetics before vengefully or accidentally exterminating ourselves, then there will have to be a new definition of evolution, one that recognizes a process no longer directed by blind selection but by choice." (Edey M.A. & Johanson D.C., "Blueprints: Solving The Mystery of Evolution," Little, Brown & Co: Boston MA, 1989, pp.389-390) 23/10/2001 "The collaborative partnership between Ted Steele and Bob Blanden has not only endured the turbulent scientific debates of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but it has also proved to be a fruitful intellectual partnership which has contributed enormously to the scientific data and arguments supporting the idea of Lamarckian inheritance in the immune system. As the data has accumulated, layer upon layer of the old world views has had to be discarded or fundamentally altered to accommodate the new data. Together with a team of collaborators spanning several disciplines, they remain galvanised in their pursuit of furthering our understanding of the underlying genetic mechanisms. They are now confident enough to state that 'if acquired inheritance in the immune system is not a real phenomenon then the only ad hoc alternative would be to invoke an intelligent gene manipulator, or "divine intervener", as playing a role in evolution.'" (Steele, E.J., Lindley R.A. & Blanden R.V., "Lamarck's Signature: How Retrogenes are Changing Darwin's Natural Selection Paradigm," Allen & Unwin: St Leonards NSW, Australia, 1998, p.22) 24/10/2001 "The conventional ideology of science cannot satisfactorily explain the phenomenon of fraud. It deals with fraud only by denying it to be a problem of any prevalence or significance. In point of fact, fraud is a significant phenomenon that has occurred throughout the history of science and is no less in evidence today. It is not fraud that must be dismissed, but the conventional ideology. The analysis of fraud sheds considerable light on how science works in actual practice. It illuminates both the motivation of the individual researcher and the mechanisms by which the scientific community validates and accepts new knowledge. From its earliest days, science has been an arena in which men have striven for two goals: to understand the world and to achieve recognition for their personal efforts in doing so. This duality of purpose lies at the foundation of the scientific enterprise. Only through recognition of the double goal can the motives of scientists, the behavior of the scientific community, and the process of science itself be properly understood. The scientist's two purposes for the most part work hand in hand, but in certain situations conflicts arise. When an experiment does not come out exactly as expected, when a theory fails to win general acceptance, a scientist will face a spectrum of temptations that range from improving the appearance of his data in various ways to outright fraud." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.212) 25/10/2001 "The Darwinian theory was purely naturalistic: it made no appeal to entities such as God, divine spirits, hypothetical entelechies, final causes, souls or Platonic Ideas. And, as we have seen in our discussion of evolution and theology, the advent of Darwinism coincided with a considerable decline in religious beliefs and adherence to religious doctrines. By providing an alternative naturalistic explanation of 'design', Darwin made it seem less necessary to construct a view of the world that invoked some kind of supernatural being." (Oldroyd, D.R., "Darwinian Impacts: An Introduction to the Darwinian Revolution," , New South Wales University Press: Kensington NSW, Australia, Second Revised Edition, 1988, reprint, p.273) 25/10/2001 "Besides the practical damage done by some scientific frauds, there is the harm done by each new revelation of laboratory legerdemain to the public credibility of science. Without a serious effort on the part of scientists to address the issue, pressure will build for Congress to take action of some sort, perhaps by instituting a laboratory police force modeleled on the inspection system of the Food and Drug Administration. Congress would probably take such a step only with great reluctance, because of its deep belief that scientific research and universities should be autonomous from government. But at a period when initiatives against waste and fraud are being pursued in all other areas of government, Congress is unlikely to indulge science as a haven where fraud can continue just as usual." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.220) 25/10/2001 "After 1859 there has been only one definition of homologous that makes biological sense: `A feature [character, structure, and so on] is homologous in two or more taxa if it can be traced back to [derived from] the same [a corresponding] feature in the presumptive common ancestor of these taxa.'... As a consequence homology was redefined by the Darwinians: `Attributes of two organisms are homologous when they are derived from an equivalent characteristic of the common ancestor.' " (Mayr, E.W., "The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance," Belknap Press: Cambridge MA, 1982, pp.232, 465. Parentheses in original) 25/10/2001 "The Darwinian theory was purely naturalistic: it made no appeal to entities such as God, divine spirits, hypothetical entelechies, final causes, souls or Platonic Ideas. And, as we have seen in our discussion of evolution and theology, the advent of Darwinism coincided with a considerable decline in religious beliefs and adherence to religious doctrines. By providing an alternative naturalistic explanation of 'design', Darwin made it seem less necessary to construct a view of the world that invoked some kind of supernatural being." (Oldroyd, D.R., "Darwinian Impacts: An Introduction to the Darwinian Revolution," , New South Wales University Press: Kensington NSW, Australia, Second Revised Edition, 1988, reprint, p.273) 25/10/2001 "Besides the practical damage done by some scientific frauds, there is the harm done by each new revelation of laboratory legerdemain to the public credibility of science. Without a serious effort on the part of scientists to address the issue, pressure will build for Congress to take action of some sort, perhaps by instituting a laboratory police force modeled on the inspection system of the Food and Drug Administration. Congress would probably take such a step only with great reluctance, because of its deep belief that scientific research and universities should be autonomous from government. But at a period when initiatives against waste and fraud are being pursued in all other areas of government, Congress is unlikely to indulge science as a haven where fraud can continue just as usual." (Broad, W. & Wade, N., "Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science," Simon and Schuster: New York NY, 1982, p.220) 26/10/2001 "Not that Darwin wished to positively deny the existence of God; he was agnostic on this question. But Darwin's theories did give considerable support to 'materialist' interpretations of the world. Ideas could be regarded as mere `epiphenomena', compared with the actions and interactions of matter. The old mind/body dualism of Descartes and his followers would be replaced by a monistic materialism. As mentioned in the previous chapter, this attitude proved particularly attractive in Germany, in the writings of the members of the so-called 'Monist League', the work of the philosopher/biologist, Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), being particularly prominent." (Oldroyd, D.R., "Darwinian Impacts: An Introduction to the Darwinian Revolution," , New South Wales University Press: Kensington NSW, Australia, Second Revised Edition, 1988, reprint, pp.273-274) 27/10/2001 "When computer programs swell to billions of lines of code, just keeping them up and "alive" will become a major chore. Too much of the economy and too many people's lives will depend on billion-line programs to let them go down for even an instant. David Ackley thinks that reliability and up-time will become the primary chore of the software itself. "I claim that for a really complex program sheer survival is going to consume more of its resources." Right now only a small portion of a large program is dedicated to maintenance, error correction, and hygiene. "In the future," predicts Ackley, "99 percent of raw computer cycles are going to be spent on the beast watching itself to keep it going. Only that remaining 1 percent is going to be used for user tasks-telephone switching or whatever. Because the beast can't do the user tasks unless it survives." As software gets bigger, survival becomes critical yet increasingly difficult. Survival in the everyday world of daily use means flexibility and evolvability. And it demands more work to pull off. A program survives only if it constantly analyzes its status, adjusts its code to new demands, cleanses itself, ceaselessly dissects anomalous circumstances, and always adapts and evolves. Computation must seethe and behave as if it is alive. Ackley calls it "software biology" or "living computation." Engineers, even on 24-hour beepers, can't keep billion-line code alive. Artificial evolution may be the only way to keep software on its toes, looking lively. Artificial evolution is the end of engineering's hegemony. Evolution will take us beyond our ability to plan. Evolution will craft things we can't. Evolution will make them more flawless than we can. And evolution will maintain them as we can't. But the price of evolution is the title of this book. Tom Ray explains: "Part of the problem in an evolving system is that we give up some control." Nobody will understand the evolved aviation software that will fly Danny Hillis. It will be an indecipherable spaghetti of 5 million strands of nonsense-of which perhaps only 2 million are really needed. But it will work flawlessly. No human will be able to troubleshoot the living software running Ackley's evolved telephone system. The lines of program are buried in an uncharted web of small machines, in an incomprehensible pattern. But, when it falters, it will heal itself." (Kelly, K., "Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines", , Fourth Estate: London UK, 1995, reprint, pp.399-400. Emphasis in original) 28/10/2001 "The stark truth is that there is not the slightest shred of reliable evidence that there is any universe other than the one we are in. No multiverse theory has so far provided a prediction that can be tested. In my layman's opinion they are all frivolous fantasies. As far as we can tell, universes are not as plentiful as even two blackberries. Surely the conjecture that there is just one universe and its Creator is infinitely simpler and easier to believe than that there are countless billions upon billions of worlds, constantly increasing in number and created by nobody. I can only marvel at the low state to which today's philosophy of science has fallen." (Gardner, M., "Multiverses and blackberries," The Skeptical Inquirer, Sep/Oct 2001, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp.14-16) 28/10/2001 "A sound explanation may exist for the explosive birth of our Universe; but if it does, science cannot find out what the explanation is. The scientist's pursuit of the past ends in the moment of creation. This is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but the theologians. They have always accepted the word of the Bible: In the beginning God created heaven and earth. ... The development is unexpected because science has had such extraordinary success in tracing the chain of cause and effect backward in time. We have been able to connect the appearance of man on this planet to the crossing of the threshold of life on the earth, the manufacture of the chemical ingredients of life within stars that have long since expired, the formation of those stars out of the primal mists, and the expansion and cooling of the parent cloud of gases out of the cosmic fireball. Now we would like to pursue that inquiry farther back in time, but the barrier to further progress seems insurmountable. It is not a matter of another year, another decade of work, another measurement, or another theory; at this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries." (Jastrow, R., "God and the Astronomers," , W.W. Norton: New York NY, Second Edition, 1992, pp.106-107) 29/10/2001 "But Darwin's theories did give considerable support to 'materialist' interpretations of the world. Ideas could be regarded as mere `epiphenomena', compared with the actions and interactions of matter. The old mind/body dualism of Descartes and his followers would be replaced by a monistic materialism. As mentioned in the previous chapter, this attitude proved particularly attractive in Germany, in the writings of the members of the so- called 'Monist League', the work of the philosopher/biologist, Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), being particularly prominent. Haeckel, a leading systematic zoologist and embryologist, and professor at the University of Jena, was the chief spokesman for Darwin's ideas in Germany in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has traditionally been regarded as a progressive liberal opposed to the excesses of arbitrary state power but this interpretation has been almost completely overthrown in recent years by the work of Daniel Gasman, (Gasman D., "The Scientific Origins of National Socialism: Social Darwinism in Ernst Haeckel and the German Monist League," Macdonald, London & New York, 1971) who sees Haeckel as one of the principal intellectual influences leading to German Nazism." (Oldroyd, D.R., "Darwinian Impacts: An Introduction to the Darwinian Revolution," , New South Wales University Press: Kensington NSW, Australia, Second Revised Edition, 1988, reprint, pp.274- 275) 29/10/2001 "Thus, knowledge of the age of the Earth (and the universe) puts our lives in temporal perspective and gives us all a better idea of our physical place in the cosmos. Let us be clear about one thing, however: this information provides us no answers to the larger question of whether we are ultimately the result of a grand and purposeful design, or merely an accident of past and current physical processes. Science can attempt to determine how and when the Earth and its surroundings were created, but the question of why it all exists is not one that science can speak to." (Dalrymple G.B., "The Age of the Earth," , Stanford University Press: Stanford CA, 1998, reprint, p.3) 30/10/2001 "The existence of the cosmic egg is, however, itself something of an anomaly. If the general movement of the Universe is from order to disorder, how did the order which presumably existed in the cosmic egg) originate? Where did it come from? It is tempting to suppose that we can expand on the biblical account for the answer. The Spirit of God, moving upon the face of the deep (Chaos), collected all the matter of the Universe into an ultimately compressed cosmic egg (Cosmos) and then allowed it to explode into energy ("Let there be light"), cool down into matter and the Universe as we know it, and then run downhill according to the laws of nature (presumably also designed by God) until it is Chaos again." (Asimov I., "In The Beginning...: Science Faces God in the Book of Genesis," Crown Publishers: New York NY, 1981, pp.24-25) 30/10/2001 "It is argued that because evolution will explain the existence of living creatures, there is no need to bring God into the process. But to leave the matter at that is to be easily satisfied. Suppose it is really true that very simple forms of life slowly became more complex through the ages until at the end man appeared. We might describe this by saying that living creatures had 'evolved'. But there would still be little excuse for turning the simple verb 'to evolve' into the grandiloquent noun 'evolution', as if the new word was able to explain what had happened. Let us draw an analogy. Suppose we ask how birds manage to keep in the air without falling, who would think of saying that the mystery was cleared up by the principle of `Flight'? Yet that is precisely what people have done with the word Evolution. Even today some people talk of this word as if it were a 'creative principle' in the universe, and so by itself able to explain everything that happens. (Clark, R.E.D.*, "Creation,"  Tyndale Press: London, 1953, reprint, pp.47-48. Emphasis in original) 30/10/2001 "All great science is constantly stretching beyond its empirical reach. And, if this essay has shown anything, it has shown that Darwinism is more than just a self-contained scientific theory. It touches at chords and beliefs of the most fundamental kind, stirring us in a way that only the greatest of ideas can. Part of this reason today is because it mirrors and in turn illuminates a social philosophy which is dear to the heart of all civilized people. No apology or defense is necessary." (Ruse M., "Darwinism Defended: A Guide to the Evolution Controversies," , Addison-Wesley: Reading MA, 1983, Third Printing, pp.280-281) 30/10/2001 "Man has intensified these vertebrate traits while adding unique qualities of his own. in so doing he has achieved an extraordinary degree of cooperation with little or no sacrifice of personal survival and reproduction. Exactly how he alone has been able to cross to this fourth pinnacle, reversing the downward trend of social evolution in general, is the culminating mystery of all biology." (Wilson E.O., "Sociobiology: The New Synthesis," , The Belknap Press: Cambridge MA, Third printing, 1976, p.382) 31/10/2001 "Now we see how the astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world. All the details differ, but the essential element in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis is the same; the chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply, at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy. This is the crux of the new story of Genesis. It has been familiar for years as the "Big Bang" theory, and has shared the limelight with other theories, especially the Steady State cosmology; but adverse evidence has led to the abandonment of the Steady State theory by nearly everyone, leaving the Big Bang theory exposed as the only adequate explanation of the facts." (Jastrow R., "God and the Astronomers," , W.W. Norton: New York NY, Second Edition, 1992, p.14) 31/10/2001 "A few years later at Mount Wilson, Hubble made one of the most important discoveries in the history of science. He found the first unmistakable evidence that the Universe appears to be expanding in the aftermath of a great explosion that had occurred billions of years ago. This discovery led directly to the picture of a sudden beginning for the Universe. For if we retrace they outward movements of the galaxies backward in time, we come to a time when they were packed together in a dense hot mass. Farther back than this the astronomer cannot go. In the scientist's version of Genesis, that moment marked the beginning of the chain of cause and effect that led to the appearance of mankind on the earth." (Jastrow R., "God and the Astronomers," , W.W. Norton: New York NY, Second Edition, 1992, p.8) November 1/11/2001 "IT'S the simple questions that usually tax science the most. For instance, why should there be something instead of nothing? The Universe is so outrageously enormous and elaborate. Why did it-or God, if you prefer- go to all the bother? Yes, I know that if the Universe was not more or less the way it is then there would be no one to reflect on such problems. But that is a comment, not an explanation. The fact is, nothing could be simpler than nothing-so why is there something instead?" (Darling, D., "On creating something from nothing," New Scientist, Vol. 151, No. 2047, 14 September 1996, p.49) 1/11/2001 "Science has started delving into the minutiae of genesis. No one bats an eyelid these days when cosmologists talk about what conditions might have been like around one ten million trillionth of a second after the moment of creation. And once we have got the tricky business of linking gravitation with quantum mechanics sorted out, then maybe we can push things right back to the very first instant of all. Well, I've read the party manifesto on this and I didn't buy it. I can go along with the quantum foam stuff, the good news (for once) about inflation, the quark soup and so on. That's fine. I may not be able to imagine it-who can? But, as far as I am concerned, the fact that the Universe was an incredibly weird place 10-43 seconds after `time zero' is no big deal. What is a big deal-the biggest deal of all-is how you get something out of nothing." (Darling, D., "On creating something from nothing," New Scientist, Vol. 151, No. 2047, 14 September 1996, p.49) 1/11/2001 "Don't let the cosmologists try to kid you on this one. They have not got a clue either-despite the fact that they are doing a pretty good job of convincing themselves and others that this is really not a problem. "In the beginning," they will say, "there was nothing-no time, space, matter or energy. Then there was a quantum fluctuation from which..." Whoa! Stop right there. You see what I mean? First there is nothing, then there is something. And the cosmologists try to bridge the two with a quantum flutter, a tremor of uncertainty that sparks it all off. Then they are away and before you know it, they have pulled a hundred billion galaxies out of their quantum hats." (Darling, D., "On creating something from nothing," New Scientist, Vol. 151, No. 2047, 14 September 1996, p.49) 3/11/2001 "I don't have a problem with this scenario from the quantum fluctuation onward. Why shouldn't human beings build a theory of how the Universe evolved from a simple to a complex state. But there is a very real problem in explaining how it got started in the first place. You cannot fudge this by appealing to quantum mechanics. Either there is nothing to begin with, in which case there is no quantum vacuum, no pre-geometric dust, no time in which anything can happen, no physical laws that can effect a change from nothingness into somethingness; or there is something, in which case that needs explaining." (Darling, D., "On creating something from nothing," New Scientist, Vol. 151, No. 2047, 14 September 1996, p.49) 3/11/2001 "The immensely sophisticated living machinery that is used to carry out photosynthesis in the plant world is the biological equivalent of "Russian nesting dolls." This machinery is literally made up of systems within systems, starting at the level of the plant leaf and extending right down to the subatomic world of the electron. ... Photosynthesis takes place in seemingly insignificant microscopic bodies called chloroplasts that are present in the cells within the interior of the leaf and that account for its green color. Within these chloroplasts there are special membranes stacked in parallel layers known as grana and visible only at very high magnification under the electron microscope. Embedded within these membranes is the very heart of the photosynthetic machinery - complex clusters of pigmented molecules that are able to collect sunlight. These light-harvesting units consist of a special chlorophyll molecule termed the "reaction center," surrounded by several hundred "antenna" pigment molecules that include both chlorophyll and carotenoid molecules. Collectively this combination of specialized light-reacting molecules is known as a "photosystem". The chlorophylls absorb the light of red and blue wavelengths while reflecting the green portion of the spectrum, whereas the carotenoid molecules absorb the blue and green wavelengths and reflect the yellow, orange and red. Sunlight is absorbed by the layer of antenna pigment molecules, which in turn transfer this energy to the reaction-center chlorophyll. The result is that an electron is boosted to a higher energy level. There are known to be two distinct photosystems (identified as I and II) in the plant leaf, and these cooperate closely in t