Darwin once is reputed to have questioned his own theory!


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Darwin, Charles

"To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree."

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, John Murray, London, 1859

As Ayn Rand points out, there is a distinction between what "seems" and what "is!"

But what juicy fruit for the creationists!

For those of us who understand that natural evolution is the only plausible explanation and that the supernatural or divine intervention is fantasy and therefore impossible as a mechanism, the fact of our own existence is all the more awesome although we mostly take it for granted.

Now what would be truly awesome, perhaps seemingly implausible, which, compared to the simplicity of the era of the American Revolution is exceedingly complex, would be for those who attempt to restore the republic the Founders gave us, to succeed in doing so.

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Ayn Rand may have pointed out the futility of trying to achieve something which required for its realization the concerted efforts of others, especially if it required tens of millions of others! But what if those tens of millions all shared certain concepts such as individual freedom and limited government despite having other disparate notions in other realms?

Reality will show!

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Darwin, Charles

"To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree."

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, John Murray, London, 1859

In Chap. 6 of -Origin of Species- Darwin listed a set of "difficulties" which if not answered would falsify his hypothesis of natural selection. These question have been more than answered.

Like any first rate scientist, Darwin looked for evidence that would falsify his hypothesis. He was well aware that his theory would face opposition and he prepared his case for it very well. Subsequent research into evolution has more than strengthened the case for natural selection.

Ba'al Chatzaf

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Darwin, Charles

"To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree."

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, John Murray, London, 1859

In Chap. 6 of -Origin of Species- Darwin listed a set of "difficulties" which if not answered would falsify his hypothesis of natural selection. These question have been more than answered.

Like any first rate scientist, Darwin looked for evidence that would falsify his hypothesis. He was well aware that his theory would face opposition and he prepared his case for it very well. Subsequent research into evolution has more than strengthened the case for natural selection.

Ba'al Chatzaf

Well put, Bob.

Consider that in the current world people refer to the "Theory of Evolution" and think this means that it is just something brainstormed, not the best available scientific explanation of the facts available. And that at the same time, with regard to "Global Warming" - - - we are told that the discussion is over.

Bill P

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