The battle for evolution seems never-ending. And the battle is part of a wider war, a war between rationality and superstition.
Jerry Coyne (born 1949) is an American professor of biology.
Why Evolution is True (2009)Edit
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- The battle for evolution seems never-ending. And the battle is part of a wider war, a war between rationality and superstition.
- This book lays out the main lines of evidence for evolution. For those who oppose Darwinism purely as a matter of faith, no amount of evidence will do—theirs is a belief not based on reason.
- It’s clear that this resistance stems largely from religion. You can find religions without creationism, but you never find creationism without religion.
- We humans have many vestigial features proving that we evolved. The most famous is the appendix.
- Tiny, nonfunctional wings, a dangerous appendix, eyes that can’t see, and silly ear muscles simply don’t make sense if you think that species were specially created.
- The biogeographic evidence for evolution is now so powerful that I have never seen a creationist book, article, or lecture that has tried to refute it. Creationists simply pretend that the evidence doesn’t exist.
- We now have many of the answers that once eluded Darwin, thanks to two developments that he could not have imagined: continental drift and molecular taxonomy.
- If you can’t think of an observation that could disprove a theory, that theory simply isn’t scientific.
- If the history of science teaches us anything, it is that what conquers our ignorance is research, not giving up and attributing our ignorance to the miraculous work of a creator.
- Because of the hegemony of fundamentalist religion in the United States, this country has been among the most resistant to the fact of human evolution.
- Now, science cannot completely exclude the possibility of supernatural explanation. It is possible—though very unlikely—that our whole world is controlled by elves. But supernatural explanations like these are simply never needed; we manage to understand the natural world just fine using reason and materialism.
- Evolution tells us where we came from, not where we can go.
- A well-understood and testable hypothesis like sexual selection surely trumps an untestable appeal to the inscrutable caprices of a creator.
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