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Letter: Science is a process used to decipher the natural world

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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:06 am

This is in response to Tom Baker’s letter, “Darwin’s theory has never been proven as truth,” published July 31.

Mr. Baker, do you know what science is? Science is a process of asking questions, then using the answers to ask new, more refined questions.

This brings us to your doubt over Darwin’s theory. Because science is a process, the theory has changed since Darwin wrote “On the Origin of Species.” Scientists have asked questions about natural selection, and it has been refined and adjusted, becoming one basis for the modern theory of evolution.

Unfortunately, these slow changes over the course of the theory’s development means the theory today is a very different beast than it was even 30 years ago. Arguments from the 1980s may not hold up against the modern theory, even if the criticisms came from “honest men of science,” as you say.

That last bit may not be true, either. You reference “Darwin on Trial” by Phillip Johnson, which was published in 1991. Johnson did indeed graduate from Harvard and the University of Chicago — with degrees in English literature and law, respectively. “The most respectable academic critique of evolution” was written by a man with no background or expertise in biology at all.

This by itself would not be a problem. Eugenie Scott, who has a doctorate in biological anthropology, reviewed the initial edition of Johnson’s book in 1993 (“Darwin Prosecuted: Review of Johnson’s Darwin on Trial”). And as she states, “if one wishes to step out of one’s area of expertise, scientist or nonscientist, it behooves one to make a careful study of the new area ...” Judging by Scott’s review (and others), Johnson failed to do that. Simply put, “the most respectable academic critique” isn’t.

Finally, Mr. Baker, you seem to believe that science is some monolithic, members-only club designed to keep the layperson out. That simply isn’t true. The information you say is being hidden is available — in scientific journals, in textbooks, in libraries and on the Internet. You just need to go out and find it, rather than pretending it doesn’t exist.

Matt Wilson

Galt

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8 comments:

  • Mike Adams posted at 7:28 pm on Sat, Aug 16, 2014.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1441

    Actually, Ed, it's not a theory, just basic genetics. I know you're being tongue and cheek with this comment and I agree, knowledge of which came first (the chicken or the egg) is of absolutely zero importance.

    Also, it has nothing to do with any possible plot by the Free Masons in their ultimate quest to control the world.

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 2:32 pm on Fri, Aug 15, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 584

    Heuer: There are two things you know about me, little and nothing, and why yes I was born in a barn, a barn that cost nearly $500,000 and comes complete with a pool and a service to clean it, along with a gardener , we prefer to do our own cooking. Oh and I forgot, a 3 car garage with nothing less than a year old mode of transportation. Now do I make you feel small? I could care less what came first, the chicken or the egg or Adam and Steve.

    And yes Welch, there are chickens in Lodi, some roost on the city counsel.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 12:23 pm on Fri, Aug 15, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1591

    Hey Walters
    You just go out and collect the eggs in the nest or roost. You don't catch the chicken and then try to squeeze them out. Geez I guess they can't accuse you of being born in a barn.

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 8:41 pm on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 423

    If the chicken is in Lodi, I'm sure the LNS will do an article on him [wink]

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 6:50 pm on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 584

    Adams: I believe your theory laid an egg, scrambled eggs sound good for dinner tonight, providing I can catch the chicken. To many people go to great extents in an attempt to prove a theory, does it really matter since all their work will, like Houdini disappear tomorrow. [wink]

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 5:37 pm on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1441

    Which came first? The chicken or the egg? Well the egg came first. The egg contained all the genetic material to make it a chicken and that is true even if the hen and the rooster weren't chickens ! It also works if both parents are chickens. The "egg" contained "the chicken". A different egg would have held a different chicken.

    Acquired traits can't be passed on, only half the DNA from the hen, half the DNA from the rooster. The egg contains both as well as any mutations that might have occurred post-fertilization. The "chicken" from "the egg" is the sum of parental DNA and any mutations that might have occurred.

    Therefor: the egg always comes before the chicken. "Well what laid the egg, then smart guy?" It doesn't matter who or what laid the egg. It only matters what is inside the egg.

    I can not make a guess on the genetic pre-disposition the chicken to go from one side of the street to the other.

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 11:46 am on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 584

    A big 0 on the Darwin post, mmmmmm hard to believe. Well let me be the first wager a theory. From Darwin to the Creator, many posts have been written, still no evidence to prove either. Here is a question to ponder, setting aside the obvious, which came first, the Chicken or the egg, or why did the chicken cross the road, that one can be proven, answer, to get to the other side, providing he/she doesn`t get ran over. [beam]

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 8:56 am on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1591

    Mr Wilson
    Well said
    [thumbup]

     

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