Response to Newsweek article by Malcolm Jones, July 7-14, 2008


Dear Editor:

Malcolm Jones, in his article: Who Was More Important: Lincoln or Darwin? makes a serious error when he concludes that “He (Darwin) became the very model of a modern major scientist without benefit of graduate school, grants, or even peer reviews.”  A generally accepted dictionary definition of science is: a branch of knowledge with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws.  Darwin set forth a body of facts when he observed micro-evolution taking place within families, but he failed to show the operation of evolutionary laws in macro-evolution.  A black cat and a white cat are likely to produce black and white spotted offspring, the offspring still being a feline.  There is abundant factual evidence to support change within families (kinds).  However, when Darwin applied this same principle of change to macro-evolution, the results were disastrous.  He found that dogs always produce dogs, cats always produce cats, and elephants always produce elephants. Animals of one family (kind) cannot produce an offspring of another family (kind).  However, according to Darwin, when Mother Time and Father Chance wave their magic wands over this demonstrated natural law of “like producing like,” demonstrable truth is rejected for blustery speculation!  This imaginative fancy of Darwin is not the only factual flaw.  Before Darwin’s evolutionary process can take place, the objects evolving must be alive.  However, Darwin ignored the problem of “the origin of life,” simply assuming life as the foundation upon which his theoretical process rested.  A Darwin champion, Dr. Lynn Caporale, and a graduate of the University of California at Berkley, has this to say on page one of her book Darwin in the Genome: “There was a moment in time when the dust itself edged, in slow motion, over a boundary into life.”  Such rampant imagination makes for intriguing fiction, but it won’t stand muster as the “very model of modern major” science. 

Fillmer Hevener, Ed. D. (University of Virginia)

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