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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 07 2012,10:35   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ Jan. 07 2012,05:04)
Actually, I've said before that the DI list statement is fuzzy enough that I could sign it... if the text were the only issue going.

I think Darwin could sign the DI statement;

"We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged."

Darwin had no thought at all that mutation was random. His ideas about the source of hereditary variation were vaguely Lamarkian. Darwin wrote two books with major sections on selective pressure other than individual survival (Darwin's "natural selection"); sexual (behavioral) selection (specifically human), and co-evolution (specifically orchids and moths). And Darwin repeatedly asked for "careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory."

"Science is the horse that pulls the cart of philosophy."


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