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Buchanan: Darwinism becoming an isolated sect

 
 
Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2005 11:54 pm
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47973


© 2005 Creators Syndicate Inc.

Among the most influential men of the 20th century were a pair of 19th-century scholars: Charles Darwin and Karl Marx.

Recent years have not been kind to either. Marxism-Leninism, the ideology that welded together and drove the Soviet empire, has been discredited by the horrors it produced and the colossal failure of Marxist theory when put into practice.

Comes now Darwin's turn. In his 1859 "The Origin of Species" and other works, Darwin posited his thesis that man is not the work of any Creator, but a being that evolved from lower forms of life out of the primordial ooze.

In his "Politically Correct Guide to Science," Tom Bethell, who Tom Wolfe calls "one of our most brilliant essayists," has, in 36 pages, gathered and briefly described a few of the difficulties that Darwinists are facing in defending their dogmas against skeptics.

For generations, scientists have searched for the "missing link" between ape and man. But not only is that link still missing, no links between species have been found. As Bethell writes, bats are the only mammals to have mastered powered flight. But even the earliest bats found in the fossil record have complex wings and built-in sonar. Where are the "half-bats" with no sonar or unworkable wings?

Their absence does not prove - but does suggest - that they do not exist. Is it not time, after 150 years, that the Darwinists started to deliver and ceased to be taken on faith?

In the Galapagos Islands, which Darwin visited in HMS Beagle in 1835, his later disciples discovered, after a drought, that the beaks of finches expanded 5 percent to help them crack the dried and hardened seeds - i.e., Darwinian adaptation. But when the rains returned, researchers found the beaks returned to normal size.

No one denies "micro-evolution" - i.e., species adapting to their environment. It is macro-evolution that is in trouble.

The Darwinian thesis of "survival of the fittest" turns out to be nothing but a tautology. How do we know existing species were the fittest? Because they survived. Why did they survive? Because they were the fittest.

While clever, this tells us zip about why we have tigers. It is less a scientific theory than a notion masquerading as a fact.

For those seeking the source of Darwin's "discovery," there is an interesting coincidence. Darwin and his collaborator Alfred Russel Wallace both read Thomas Malthus' famous "An Essay on the Principle of Population." Malthus theorized that since the production of food grew by small annual increments, while population was almost doubling with each generation, the struggle for food would lead to conflicts and wars in which only the strongest would survive.

Bethell is not alone in suggesting Darwin smuggled Malthus' mid-Victorian political economy into biology. As Bertrand Russell observed, Darwin's theory is "essentially an extension to the animal and vegetable world of laissez-faire economics."

Marx's ideas also seem to have a Malthusian root. Marx predicted that the great wealth spawned by capitalism would be accumulated by fewer and fewer capitalists. And as it was, the constant expansion and immiseration of the proletariat would lead to a workers' revolution in which the expropriators would be expropriated. This was catnip for anti-capitalists.

But American capitalism proved Marx dead wrong. While U.S. capitalism did indeed create plutocrats, the years 1865 to 1914 saw historic gains in the incomes and well-being of workers. By World War I, to the rage of Lenin, even Marxists theoreticians were saying the old boy's theories needed some serious revision.

There are other questions Darwinists need to answer. If believing that Christ raised people from the dead is a matter of faith - and it is - is not the Darwinist claim that nature created life out of non-life a matter of faith? If it is science, why can't scientists replicate it in microcosm in a laboratory?

If scientists know life came from matter and matter from non-matter, why don't they show us how this was done, instead of asserting it was done, and calling us names for not taking their claims on faith?

Clearly, a continued belief in the absolute truth of Darwinist evolution is but an act of faith that fulfills a psychological need of folks who have rejected God. That picture on the wall of the science class of apes on four legs, then apes on two legs, then homo erectus walking upright is as much an expression of faith as the picture of Adam and Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

Hence, if religion cannot prove its claim and Darwinists can't prove their claims, we must fall back upon reason, which some of us believe is God's gift to mankind.

And when you consider the clocklike precision of the planets in their orbits about the sun and the extraordinary complexity of the human eye, does that seem to you like the result of random selection or the product of intelligent design?

Prediction: Like the Marxists, the Darwinists are going to wind up as a cult in which few believe this side of Berkeley and Harvard Square.

Pray for them this Christmas season, and enjoy yourself with a reading of Bethell's fine and funny little book.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 12:03 am
More ridiculous hysteria.
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Anon-Voter
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 01:00 am
Marxists and Darwinists in the same sentence, that's quite a comparison Smile
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talk72000
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 01:35 am
'Darwinist' as a term is not correct as Darwin advanced a theory not a philosophy.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 03:13 am
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Darwinism becoming an isolated sect


... says one of the most influential biologists of the 20th century :wink:

Oops, philosophists as well, since he knows all about Marxism as well. Laughing
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raprap
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 06:45 am
This does not belong on this forum, that is unless the science is a study in Buchanan speed defined as the speed at which Pat Buchanan plays to his Taliban base after the Dover decision.

Rap
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 07:27 am
talk72000 wrote:
'Darwinist' as a term is not correct as Darwin advanced a theory not a philosophy.


No science theory is defended the way evolutionism is defended, i.e. to the last man, at all costs, the truth be damned etc. etc. Only religions and lifestyles are defended that way.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 07:52 am
gungasnake wrote:

No science theory is defended the way evolutionism is defended, i.e. to the last man, at all costs, the truth be damned etc. etc. Only religions and lifestyles are defended that way.


Within the borders of the USA, you certainly mean.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 09:07 am
Good for a laugh on Boxing Day.
Get yer science from Pat Buchanan, whats wrong with that picture?
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ohnono
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 01:39 pm
Re: Buchanan: Darwinism becoming an isolated sect
Terrible. It's full of mistakes and non-sequiturs.
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ohnono
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 01:48 pm
gungasnake wrote:
talk72000 wrote:
'Darwinist' as a term is not correct as Darwin advanced a theory not a philosophy.


No science theory is defended the way evolutionism is defended, i.e. to the last man, at all costs, the truth be damned etc. etc. Only religions and lifestyles are defended that way.


The defence scientists and science minded people put up is proportional to the success the anti-science luddites are having in misleading the public.

Just look at what happened when TV aired all those "apollo moon landing was a fraud" shows. NASA eventually felt obliged to come out and defend the fact of the moon landings and websites debunking the arguments of the conspiracy theorists popped up all over the internet.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 01:57 pm
Well, I mean, it's a fact that the landing on the monn was done in Holywood. And the earth is flat since 6,000 years. Laughing
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 02:39 pm
Re: Buchanan: Darwinism becoming an isolated sect
gungasnake wrote:
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47973


© 2005 Creators Syndicate Inc.

Among the most influential men of the 20th century were a pair of 19th-century scholars: Charles Darwin and Karl Marx.


I see you've found a sentence containing Marx and Darwin. Do you just spend your time googling those two names to see which articles contain them both?
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spendius
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 03:18 pm
Marx is reported as having laughed "at the way Darwin recognises among beasts and plants his English society."
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 03:50 pm
engels is reported as having laughed when marx said he had an idea.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 04:04 pm
McTag and Mrs Walter laughed, when I wanted to sit at the very place where Marx and Engels used to sit in Chetham's Library in Manchester.
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 04:06 pm
I would like to have met Marx (Zeppo).
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 04:07 pm
The lady diane and I laughed while in bed yesterday afternoon, and then we rubbed our noses together. the lady diane was not thinking of marx, or engels, or darwin.
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spendius
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 04:07 pm
I wouldn't have laughed at that.I'd have done it.
I once sat on the barstool James Joyce sat on and the one Branwell Bronte did as well.I've stood where the King stood at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior too.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 26 Dec, 2005 05:48 pm
****, no big deal spendi. Why the whole country of England can fit in Southern New Jersey, no wonsder there was no place to sit. Ill bet James Joyce was really pissed at you on his lap, maybe not.
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