Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Evolution is Wrong

SleestakWhat if Darwin’s theory of natural selection is inaccurate? What if the way you live now affects the life expectancy of your descendants? Evolutionary thinking is having a revolution. Oliver Burkeman writes in the Guardian:

The story, still sometimes repeated in creationist circles, goes like this: it is the 1960s, at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland, and a team of astronomers is using cutting-edge computers to recreate the orbits of the planets, thousands of years in the past. Suddenly, an error message flashes up. There’s a problem: way back in history, one whole day appears to be missing.

The scientists are baffled, until a Christian member of the team dimly recalls something and rushes to fetch a Bible. He thumbs through it until he reaches the Book of Joshua, chapter 10, in which Joshua asks God to stop the world for … “about a full day!” Uproar in the computer lab. The astronomers have happened upon proof that God controls the universe on a day-to-day basis, that the Bible is literally true, and that by extension the “myth” of creation is, in fact, a reality. Darwin was wrong — according to another creationist rumour, he’d recanted on his deathbed, anyway — and here, at last, is scientific evidence!

Inevitably, those of us who aren’t professional scientists have to take a lot of science on trust. And one of the things that makes it so easy to trust the standard view of evolution, in particular, is amply illustrated by the legend of the Nasa astronomers: the doubters are so deluded or dishonest that one needn’t waste time with them. Unfortunately, that also makes it embarrassingly awkward to ask a question that seems, in the light of recent studies and several popular books, to be growing ever more pertinent. What if Darwin’s theory of evolution — or, at least, Darwin’s theory of evolution as most of us learned it at school and believe we understand it — is, in crucial respects, not entirely accurate?

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  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    I used to work at a school for learning disabled children. The school covertly had a Christian agenda, which I ignored. There came to be a week-long uproar because Darwin was mentioned in another class. Two Born Again students were vehement that Darwin was a horrid, sinful man and plainly wrong about everything. I happened to be stuck in a room with them and finally decided to break my silence.

    “Hey, why don't either of you date [unattractive female student]?”
    “She's ugly and stupid!”
    “So what? A girl is a girl, right?”
    “I don't want my kids to look like her!”
    “Why not?”
    Here they prolifically explained that no one wanted to have sex with ugly, stupid people.
    “Huh, so you are saying that only intelligent and/or attractive people pass their genes down to the next generation?”
    “Yeah!”
    “So, in essence, the strong survive and the weak do not?”
    “Yeah!”
    “Sorry, boys, it looks like you believe in natural selection.”

    They were not precisely happy, but actually seemed to consider this notion once it was removed from the trapping of the religion forced upon them. I mean, who wants to fuck the ugly chick and have ugly babies, after all?

    • tonyviner

      If people will not willingly have sex with, and subsequently reproduce with, fat, ugly or stupid people, explain to me the existence of the numerous trailer parks that litter the American countryside. God don't make no trash.

      • Hadrian999

        people are afraid to be alone,
        that is the only explanation I can find for some couples.
        personally I would be rather be alone than have someone there you don't even really like
        just because you are supposed to pare off and breed.

        • Sion Flare

          Shows how pathetic and weak the majority are.

    • FreeSlave

      I guess that's why the world is now full of physically perfect beautiful people then right, evolution worked?
      I guess not.

      Those poor deluded children are under the spell of modern mass media culture – everything is physical, in truth they will probably settle down with an average woman and produce plenty of offspring in a good wholesome environment.

      The people who are into physical beauty are more often the ones who do not want to breed, they just want sex, as such when they do have the occasional accident they often grow up being pschologically maimed by shallow hollow parents or they are in broken families.

      If evolution is correct it is these people who will eventually die out! Oh god I hope it is.

      In truth real beauty has nothing to do with the physical body but yes it is hard to become enlightened enough to see past these animal instincts, but it is possible and the people who do have the longest and happiest relationships out of anybody.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Of course it is not entirely accurate. Thats why they call it a “theory”.

  • drovlove

    Really dumb headline but I guess it was interesting enough to cause me to read it.

    To me the standard view of evolution would include (but not be limited to) apparent design due to impersonal forces or a general process rather than an intelligence. That hasn't changed. The standard also includes an incredibly long period of time spent in the formation of life.

    In terms of people's perceptions I'd agree that there's many issues in the ToE that are poorly understood.

    “There is no progress in evolution. The fact of evolutionary change through time doesn't represent progress as we know it. Progress isn't inevitable. Much of evolution is downward in terms of morphological complexity, rather than upward. We're not marching toward some greater thing.”

    -Stephen Jay Gould

  • xylus

    Well I'll be a monkey's uncle…. or nephew.

  • Hadrian999

    as a general rule, anything I am told I think is a con until i can verify it myself.
    people don't tell you things to make you better informed, they tell you things to control you,
    to turn you into someone who does what they want.

  • Balajicephas

    BAD TREE NOT GIVE GOOD FRUITS, CAN U PICK BANANA FRUIT FROM APPLE TREE, IF U DID I ACCEPT EVOLUTION RIGHT, IF NOT EVOLUTION IS WRONG

  • Balajicephas

    Mat-7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

    jesus is creationist from above words, i am also creationist, jehvoa the ultimate creators

    • tater salad

      You know, quoting the bible doesn’t mean shit. And this passage has nothing to do with evolution.
      A

    • Kolgado_69

      He who pick the sweetest vagina fuck more pleasurably….
      -ME

      Anyone can makeup a line and have someone else like it down the line and quote from it. The bible was written three thousand years ago by people who lived three thousand years ago and had absolutely no concept of modern science. Oh, and to satisfy the little enigma from before about how only the hot chick is able to breed… There’s not enough hot chicks to go around, gotta breed with someone if all the hot chicks are taken, but if you look at old as pictures from about 100 years ago you WILL notice that people today are much better looking than they where in those days. Other factors such as nutrition also play a role but you better believe that genes play a role as well…… And another thing, how many divorces are produced because of infidelities, woman sleeping with other men with more money (money=power=alpha male) or a man sleeping with a younger more attractive woman? Food for thought, and may god lead you from darkness because from the looks of it nor science or any other type of rational is able to.

  • FreeSlave

    I guess that’s why the world is now full of physically perfect beautiful people then right, evolution worked?
    I guess not.

    Those poor deluded children are under the spell of modern mass media culture – everything is physical, in truth they will probably settle down with an average woman and produce plenty of offspring in a good wholesome environment.

    The people who are into physical beauty are more often the ones who do not want to breed, they just want sex, as such when they do have the occasional accident they often grow up being pschologically maimed by shallow hollow parents or they are in broken families.

    If evolution is correct it is these people who will eventually die out! Oh god I hope it is.

    In truth real beauty has nothing to do with the physical body but yes it is hard to become enlightened enough to see past these animal instincts, but it is possible and the people who do have the longest and happiest relationships out of anybody.

  • Fifthbeatle3756

    Oh…my…….GGOOOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!!!!! I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m tired of being insulted. These religious zealots think that the rest of the sane world are a bunch of idiots! First of all, Darwin did not recant his theories on his deathbed. He was forced to do that by your religious thugs way before that by being threatened with heresy…..you know……that little rule that you guys had back then that said that you will believe or we will kill you……totally democratic…..I’m not going to get into it right now (I have to go to work) so I’ll leave you with this. There is NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE that your god exists….so,please,……. get over it.

  • Fifthbeatle3756

    Oh…my…….GGOOOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!!!!! I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m tired of being insulted. These religious zealots think that the rest of the sane world are a bunch of idiots! First of all, Darwin did not recant his theories on his deathbed. He was forced to do that by your religious thugs way before that by being threatened with heresy…..you know……that little rule that you guys had back then that said that you will believe or we will kill you……totally democratic…..I’m not going to get into it right now (I have to go to work) so I’ll leave you with this. There is NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE that your god exists….so,please,……. get over it.

  • tater salad

    You know, quoting the bible doesn’t mean shit. And this passage has nothing to do with evolution.
    A

  • tater salad

    You know, quoting the bible doesn’t mean shit. And this passage has nothing to do with evolution.
    A

  • magic jesus man

     fuck jesus!

  • magic jesus man

     fuck jesus!

  • Kolgado_69

    He who pick the sweetest vagina fuck more pleasurably….
    -ME

    Anyone can makeup a line and have someone else like it down the line and quote from it. The bible was written three thousand years ago by people who lived three thousand years ago and had absolutely no concept of modern science. Oh, and to satisfy the little enigma from before about how only the hot chick is able to breed… There’s not enough hot chicks to go around, gotta breed with someone if all the hot chicks are taken, but if you look at old as pictures from about 100 years ago you WILL notice that people today are much better looking than they where in those days. Other factors such as nutrition also play a role but you better believe that genes play a role as well…… And another thing, how many divorces are produced because of infidelities, woman sleeping with other men with more money (money=power=alpha male) or a man sleeping with a younger more attractive woman? Food for thought, and may god lead you from darkness because from the looks of it nor science or any other type of rational is able to.

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