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3/29/13 at 03:05 PM 6 Comments

Dissent From Darwinism: The Growing Public List of Scientists Who Doubt Darwin

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New scientific evidence from many scientific disciplines such as cosmology, physics, biology, "artificial intelligence" research, and others have caused scientists to begin questioning Darwinism's central tenet of the creative power of natural selection and the larger naturalistic commitment to the adequacy of unguided material processes to account for everything in the cosmos.

The Dissent from Darwin project has documented the growing number of well-credentialled Darwin doubters. Many younger scientists would sign this list affirming the following statement, but have not because of how it might be used against them in career advancement.

We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.

On March 16th intelligent design (ID) critic Laurence A. Moran (University of Toronto Biochemist) wrote: "Many atheist scientists, including me, would agree with the statement." His main point in this blog is that "only an IDiot would claim that supporters of this statement are also creationists." (Moran is fond of calling ID advocates IDiots). I am happy to treat with respect anyone who disagrees with me. The quality of civil public discourse is enhanced by such charity.

ID advocates have explained how ID differs from creationism and how doubting Darwin differs from creationism. So, we are happy that Moran agrees with our "Dissent from Darwin" statement above, and we are well aware that his agreement with the dissent statement does not make him (or anyone else on the dissent list) a creationist. In his case, he is an atheist.

ENV the other day probed a bit deeper in into Moran's blog about our dissent list:

So he could sign on, in theory, but he won't because he says he thinks we would "misuse" his name. Laurence Moran writes, using the continued childish baiting of ID supporters as "IDiots" that is his signature: "Only an IDiot would claim that supporters of this statement are also creationists." But of course no one says that the signers of the Dissent list are creationists, other than Darwin advocates who dishonestly try to cement the absurd, fallacious equation of Darwin skepticism with Young Earth Creationism. The list has nothing to do with creationism. Nor does it say anything about intelligent design, which also has nothing to do with creationism.

The dissent list includes scientists from the US National Academy of Sciences, Russian, Hungarian and Czech National Academies, as well as from universities such as Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and others. Here is a sample of names from the first page of the dissent list:

Larry Moran ends his blog about our dissent list with this: "Project Steve, with 1249 signatures, is an excellent parody of the [aforementioned] creationist list." Ann Gauger dissected the troublesome logic of Moran's blog this way:

Now let's see.

  1. People on the Dissent from Darwinism list are supporters of the statement.
  2. Larry also agrees with the dissent statement.
  3. Larry says only IDiots claim that supporters of this statement are creationists.
  4. Larry says that Project Steve is a excellent parody of the "creationist" list, thus in effect calling supporters of the statement creationists.

Wait. Following the logic there, that would seem to make Dr. Moran an IDiot, in his own eyes anyway. Not that, in pointing this out, I mean it unkindly.

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