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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2009,18:37   

LOL.  In responding to a recent Panda's Thumb essay, DaveScot says (among other things) by way of summarizing the views Philip Skell holds when the latter disses evolution as a productive field of research:
     
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“ID disputes the notion that chance and necessity alone produced all the living things and the differences between them.”

Of course, Skell himself says rather different things:
     
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“Contrary to the beliefs of Professor Coyne and some other defenders of Darwin, these advances are not due to studies of an organism's ancestors that are recovered from fossil deposits. Those rare artifacts--which have been preserved as fossils--are impressions in stones which, even when examined with the heroic efforts of paleontologists, cannot reveal the details that made these amazing living organisms function.”

(“these advances” are other aspects of biology)
     
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“To conflate contemporary scientific studies of existing organisms with those of the paleontologists serves mainly to misguide the public and teachers of the young.”

     
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“Examining the major advances in biological knowledge, one fails to find any real connection between biological history and the experimental designs that have produced today's cornucopia of knowledge of how the great variety of living organisms perform their functions.”

     
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“Yet many popularizers of Darwin's theory now claim that without the study of ancient biological history,…”

     
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“But fossils fail to inform us of the nature of our ancient antecedents--because they have been transformed into stones that give us only a minuscule, often misleading impression of their former essences and thus are largely irrelevant to modern biology's experimentations with living organisms.”

     
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“For instance, we cannot rely upon ruminations about the fossil record

     
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The essence of the theory of evolution is the hypothesis that historical diversity is the consequence of natural selection acting on variations.

Things are pretty bad in ID land when the denizen at UD are putting words in the mouths of the vanguard.

   
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