by Dominic Statham
In yet another example of biased broadcasting,1 the BBC’s John Humphrys declared all who doubt the Darwinian paradigm to be a bit crazy. While interviewing two leading ‘evolutionary biologists’, Dr Anjali Goswami of University College London and Professor Scott Armbruster of the University of Portsmouth, he remarked, “We now know that evolution is a fact. Well, I mean there are some slightly bonkers people out there who don’t believe that I suppose. But, nonetheless, we do know that.” Indeed, so confident was he that Darwin had explained how microbes had become man, Humphrys even posed the question, “What else is there to answer?”
Such statements lead the general public to believe that Darwin’s theory has, to any reasonable mind, satisfactorily explained the evolutionary process. In reality, however, even amongst scientists who would describe themselves as evolutionists, many would question this claim. Nobel Prize-winner, Professor Brian Josephson, commented,
“… a crucial part of the argument concerns whether there exists a continuous path, leading from the origins of life to man, each step of which is both favoured by natural selection, and small enough to have happened by chance. It appears to be presented [by some evolutionists] as a matter of logical necessity that such a path exists, but actually there is no such logical necessity… ”2
Scott Gilbert, who is Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, is even more candid:
“… starting in the 1970s, many biologists began questioning its adequacy in explaining evolution. Genetics might be adequate for explaining microevolution, but microevolutionary changes in gene frequency were not seen as able to turn a reptile into a mammal or to convert a fish into an amphibian. Microevolution looks at adaptations that concern the survival of the fittest, not the arrival of the fittest. As Goodwin points out, ‘the origins of species—Darwin’s problem—remains unsolved.’ ”3,4….
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