Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Observing Darwinian Fundamentalism in Australia

There is an article in The Epoch Times in Australia, which discusses scientific narrow-mindedness. It also discusses Social Darwinism at some length as well as other political and philosophical ideas that have been tied to Darwinian theory. Here are some excerpts:
As stated by Robert Crowther, Director of Communications for Discovery Institute's Centre for Science and Culture on their website; "There is a disturbing trend of scientists, teachers, and students coming under attack for expressing support for the theory of intelligent design, or even just questioning evolution." stated Mr. Crowther

"The freedom of scientists, teachers, and students to question Darwin's theory, or to express alternative scientific hypothesis is coming under increasing attack by people that can only be called Darwinian fundamentalists," stated Mr. Crowther.

. . . .

Clearly the question that begs to be asked is why are most scientists afraid of turning their own principles on their heads and looking at things with a new light. Certainly modern genius's like Einstein, Edison, Bell, or even Newton would never have been able to make new discoveries, additions or annotations to existing theories if they had not stepped outside of the proverbial box to look at current theories and poke at them where they looked weak.

Instead, many of our most brilliant minds appear to be disregarding or simply arguing against evidence that might suggest a different approach to the development of life. At the risk of angering evolutionists there is significant evidence that calls into question Darwin's theory and its offspring.

Hat tip to the newly "unmothballed" Uncommon Descent.


At January 11, 2006 6:21 PM, Blogger Sean said...

Intrestingly the rest of the article goes on to emphasise "social Darwinism" and eugenics, which has (ethically) been long rejected by the scientific community at large.

The eugenics movement was a very bad and unethical off-shoot from the theory of evolution. But it can't be used as evidence to dismiss evolution.

It's a bit like arguing that atomic theory is incorrect because use can use it to build atomic bombs.

At January 12, 2006 1:35 AM, Blogger Vargas said...

Perhaps but there are a myriad other reasons why evolutionary theory should be rigorously questioned.

At January 12, 2006 7:46 PM, Blogger Sean said...

...which the article doesn't do, which is my initial point.


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