Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Darwinism's Leakey Bucket

"Can you not hear me?! I said, 'the debate is OVER!'"
It would be comical if it wasn't so farcical but, in case you hadn't heard, the debate about evolution is, or soon will be, over.

Richard Leakey said so.

This is no doubt news to the 1000 or so scientists (listed here) who have taken the public risk, and therefore encountered the public wrath, of defying folks like Richard Leakey who will do their best to destroy the career of anyone who happens to disagree with them.

If you doubt it, consider the case of Dr. Ben Carson, as an example of what happens when you dare to doubt Darwin. Even though he holds some of the most impressive medical and scientific credentials, Carson was targeted with the outrage of the Darwimafia family leaders because they could not stomach the fact that "he's not impressed by the evidence on offer for Darwinian theory and why a materialist philosophy is at odds with the idea of free will and therefore makes it tough to offer a coherent account of moral principles." The fact that Carson is one of the top neurosurgeons on the planet was irrelevant to the Leakey-like Darwinist Priesthood.

In academic circles, you see, joining the growing list of those who "Dissent From Darwin," is tantamount to performing career hare-kari ... but people are doing it anyway. Why do you think that might be?

It seems just a little self-serving to claim that a debate in which you are supposed to be engaged is "over" simply because the evidence in opposition to your position is getting stronger by the day. But beyond that, let's consider why Leakey demands that "evolution" is true:
"If you don't like the word evolution, I don't care what you call it, but life has changed. You can lay out all the fossils that have been collected and establish lineages that even a fool could work up. So the question is why, how does this happen? It's not covered by Genesis. There's no explanation for this change going back 500 million years in any book I've read from the lips of any God."
For starters, Leakey points out that "life has changed" whether we want to call it evolution or not. But no one that I know of -- even the most ardent young earth Creationist -- doubts that "life has changed." So what? The fact that "life has changed" says exactly nothing about whether life was designed, and that is the real question. PhD philosopher of science, Stephen Meyer addresses this point by noting that there three different definitions of "evolution" in play these days:
  1. Change over time (a.k.a. micro-evolution or adaptation)
  2. Common Descent (the history of life shows a continuous pattern of relatedness)
  3. The cause or mechanism for change in life forms that creates an appearance of design
Leakey doesn't identify which of these he is talking about and that is a problem considering the fact that definitions 1) and 2) are perfectly compatible with the work of an intelligent Creator. Definition 3) is an attempt to claim that the design we all recognize in nature is not the work of an intelligent Designer at all, but just an appearance of design brought about by the work of natural selection acting on random variations in the genome.

Ask Dr. Leakey how that mechanism works and he will be stuck for an answer. Ask Dr. Leakey how life began and he will be stuck for an answer. Ask Dr. Leakey why all those fossils he claims have "established lineages" always seem to be found to be out of chronological order, or genetically unrelated, and he will be stuck for an answer -- beyond the unsubstantiated claim that you are a fool to doubt him. Ask Dr. Leakey why all the completely formed, complex creatures of the Cambrian Explosion show no evidence of their predecessors in his "established lineages" and he will be stuck for an answer. Ask Dr. Leakey why his Darwinist assumption that so-called "junk DNA" was nothing but the useless leftovers of eons of failed evolutionary mutations has proved to be a complete and utter predictive failure and he will be stuck for an answer. Ask Dr. Leakey what theist claims that Genesis can, or should, explain how all this happens and he will be stuck for an answer. Ask Dr. Leakey which proponent of intelligent design relies on that belief based on what he/she has "read from the lips of any God" and he will be stuck for an answer.

In other words, ask Dr. Leakey what evidence he has for any of the claims he is making and you will be met with deafening silence. And that is why Dr. Leakey wants to force an unnatural and unsubstantiated end to the debate. It is not because the debate is really over -- it is because he is losing.

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