Posted by: Rob Lester | March 1, 2010

Challenges to evolution are suppressed

Charles Darwin

W.R. Thompson said, “There is a great divergence of opinion among biologists, not only about the causes of evolution, but even about the actual process. This divergence exists because the evidence is unsatisfactory and does not permit any certain conclusions. It is therefore right and proper to draw the attention of the nonscientific public to the disagreements about evolution. But some recent remarks of evolutionists show that they think this is unreasonable. This situation, where scientific men rally to the defense of a doctrine they are unable to define scientifically, much less demonstrate, is an attempt to maintain credibility with the public by the suppression of criticism and the elimination of difficulties. This is abnormal and undesirable in science” (emph. added–RL). I heartily agree with this assessment. The most shocking aspect of this comment is where is was found: in the introduction to the centennial edition of Charles Darwin’s landmark book Origin of Species.


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