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Christianity &Islam Thomas on 29 Sep 2009 12:19 am

Richard Dawkins on evolution

More Americans believe in angels than in evolution—and Richard Dawkins isn’t going to take it anymore

Creationists are deeply enamored of the fossil record, because they have been taught (by each other) to repeat, over and over, the mantra that it is full of “gaps”: “Show me your ‘intermediates!’ ” They fondly (very fondly) imagine that these “gaps” are an embarrassment to evolutionists. Actually, we are lucky to have any fossils at all, let alone the massive numbers that we now do have to document evolutionary history—large numbers of which, by any standards, constitute beautiful “intermediates.” We don’t need fossils in order to demonstrate that evolution is a fact. The evidence for evolution would be entirely secure even if not a single corpse had ever fossilized. It is a bonus that we do actually have rich seams of fossils to mine, and more are discovered every day. The fossil evidence for evolution in many major animal groups is wonderfully strong. Nevertheless there are, of course, gaps, and creationists love them obsessively.

The article is a good introduction to evolutionary evidence.

5 Responses to “Richard Dawkins on evolution”

  1. on 30 Sep 2009 at 7:27 pm 1.Burebista said …

    Dawkin’s downplays the fossil record because it indeed is an embarrassment. His very worldview rises and falls on Dawanism and he defends it with the veracity of an animal backed into a corner. From Archeopteryx to Nebraska Man to Piltdown Man the support for Darwinism begins to erode as science continues show the complexities of creation. Dawkins has every reason to be greatly concerned.

  2. on 30 Sep 2009 at 9:36 pm 2.AntiRoss said …

    Sounds like you didn’t read the article, Burebista, or at least didn’t comprehend it.
    Perhaps you should read his new book, even if skeptically, so at least you’re a little more informed before you go blathering on…

  3. on 02 Oct 2009 at 9:26 pm 3.Crystal said …

    What is with all the creationists and their “Darwinism” and refuting of fossil records?

    First and foremost – there is no such thing as “Darwinism”. There is Charles Darwin and his book On the Origin of Species which spells out the scientific theory of natural selection. Note I said SCIENTIFIC theory. A scientific theory is not an ordinary theory in the sense that it is a guess or hypothesis. It is as close to a fact as one can get in the scientific world.

    See, what you creationists don’t understand is that science is malleable, fallible, and still doesn’t have all the answers. THAT’S THE POINT. I understand that theists believe that something must be omnipotent, omniscient, and infallible in order to hold the truth. That’s why they believe in an imaginary sky-daddy.

    Scientists know they don’t know everything, and they know that at any time, what they believe to be true can be overturned. Science and scientists are OK with this! Science is a process, and we’re perfectly fine in admitting that misinterpretations and mistakes can be made, BUT when something is tested, re-tested, peer-reviewed, and stands the test of time, we then have what we call a “Scientific theory”. That’s basically scientists’ way of saying “This is pretty much a fact, but there’s always the possibility that it can be changed or improved upon, therefore we cannot call it a fact.”

    Is that clear? I know it’s hard to grasp if you believe one must be infallible to be truthful, but try to stretch your mind.

    Now, as for the fossil records Burebista mentions – Piltdown man was a hoax, Nebraska man was one man’s wrong interpretation and (after other scientists got involved) was proved incorrect. But where does Archeopteryx come in to play? Archeopteryx actually gives evidence FOR evolution.

    You creationists need to do some research before you start throwing words around like you understand what they mean. You’re talking to people who are actually interested in and enjoy science. We aren’t going to be fooled by your bullshit.

  4. on 09 Nov 2009 at 2:49 am 4.chris said …

    I pity creationists. They have been believing the same thing for thousands of years. They cannot look forward to new information on the subject. It’s just the same old bs with a different spin on it. It’s sad that when great ideas and discoveries come around that actually provide evidence of their truth and make the mysteries of our universe a little less unclear, people take so long to accept it. And what’s comical about it is it has to do with evolution itself. Our minds have EVOLVED to make new information that goes against what we currently believe seem almost internally painful to us. The same would be true about evolution if we found out it wasn’t true. If God came down on his super space ship and announced to the world that he created us and there was lightning, pizza and cake, then i would be pained because i thought my idea was sure to be correct. That is what these creationists are going through. They don’t get this sign from God so they keep on hoping and clinging to old information in the hopes that they are the ones who are correct. As for me, until God throws the party, I think I’ll stick with the evolution crowd.

    PS: Read Richard Dawkins’s new book “The Greatest Show on Earth.” It’s such a great book and clearly explains all the current proof that we have to help back evolution.

  5. on 09 Nov 2009 at 2:08 pm 5.Burebista said …

    Do you know why creationist continue to believe? Simply due to the fact nothing better has come along. All the evidence espoused for evolution is the same used with creationism. The problem is too many of you bow at the seat of Dawkins as if he is the beginning and the end. Hundreds of scientist who are creationist have and continue to to support creationism. Its not some religious group as many of you like to pretend. I’ve read Dawkins but I doubt you would be willing to risk reading outside your own genre.

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