Defining terms

Evolutionist Dr John Endler’s refreshing clarity about ‘natural selection’ has been largely ignored

by David Catchpoole

Many times we have pointed out,1 in relation to natural selection and evolution, that:

  • Natural selection is a fact—it was recognized by creationists before Darwin, as it is by informed creationists today.2
  • Natural selection favours certain already-existing genetic traits in populations by culling genes out of the gene pool;3,4,5 thus it helps adaptation of a population to its environment.6,7 (Sometimes the new population is given a new species name—adaptation and speciation are accepted by informed creationists.)8,9
  • Natural selection by itself generates no new genetic information. So any adaptations that are purely the result of natural selection acting on pre-existing genetic information are not changes in the right direction to drive particles-to-people evolution.10 So, natural selection is not the same thing as evolution!11,12,13

However, proponents of evolution repeatedly cite examples of natural selection—examples in which populations lose genetic information—as evidence of microbes-to-man evolution (which would require an increase in genetic information). This is clearly unjustified.

The evolutionists’ vague and ambiguous definition of terms facilitates that bait-and-switch tactic, so often employed by Richard Dawkins.14

In theory, evolutionists look to mutations as being the process responsible for generating the new genetic information evolution requires, which is then sorted by natural selection. But in practice, does that really happen?15 When pressed to give specific evidence of mutations that increase the information in the genome, Dawkins and his cohorts cannot give coherent answers.16 They ought to be able to point to hundreds of examples of such mutations by now. But they can’t. There is at best a tiny handful—one or two to our current knowledge—which could represent a modicum of information increase, and the lead candidate, the ability of a bacterium to digest the man-made substance nylon, involves considerable doubt.17….

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