May 21, 2002


I am a creationist only in the broadest sense--in so far as I believe the universe was created by someone, not necessarily the Judeo-Islamo-Christian God, but some kind of sentient being who had an end purpose in mind. And I have no problem with the idea that a kind of naturally occurring breeding goes on in Nature--I can accept that a duck and a blue jay were once fairly similar, maybe even the same creature. But I'm skeptical about the capacity of wholly natural processes to have sculpted humanity and all that surrounds us. Here are some questions that make me at least question the faith of the Darwinists :

(1) If evolution is a continuous process requiring millions, billions, zillions, of tiny mutations as it progresses, why haven't we observed any of these mutations in any mammals in the thousands of years of recorded human history?

(2) Why can't we find the fossil record that should reveal these gradual adaptations?

(3) Once an eye becomes an eye, its helpfulness is obvious, but what is the graduated process by which the eye comes into being? Are there really distinct advantages each incremental step of the way?

(4) And how many steps would be required? If we've been in a several thousand year pause in evolution and presumably such pauses occur with some regularity, plus all the tiny steps required, plus the die-offs from catastrophic events, has there really been time enough for man to rise from a single cell?

(5) If we developed those eyes because they gave us certain adaptive advantages, why didn't we develop wings too or claws or whatever?

(6) If we arose from the same chain as primates, why is that the only chain that produced human-style consciousness? Why aren't there really smart dogs and alligators, etc. Why did those species have ceilings while we don't seem to?

(7) Now that we comprehend evolution can we any longer be subject to its forces or are we by our very understanding of it become an "unnaturally selecting" species, thereby removing ourselves from the process?

(8) Why isn't there intelligent life anywhere else? If there is, what's the answer to Fermi's question : where are they? And, if we're alone, mightn't we be the point of the universe, the reason it exists?

(9) If propagation of the species is the be all and end all, why do we slaughter each other in war, genocide, etc.? Why would we have developed the power (nuclear weapons, global warming, whatever) to end all life on Earth? How can this mechanism allow us to be such a threat to ourselves?

(10) What came before the Big Bang?

(11) Ozzy Osbourne?

Rand Simberg has decided to take the role of Clarence Darrow in this ersatz version of Inherit the Wind. See his answers.

I have just one further question (#12) : What evidence could conceivably be presented that Rand would accept as fundamentally challenging Darwinism? I'm not saying the evidence exists, but what could disprove evolution to his satisfaction?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 21, 2002 1:22 PM
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