Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Dissent from Darwinism

Have you heard of Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Inquiry (PSSI)? They are an intenational group of doctors who "dissent from Darwinism." Their web site states:
Sadly, academic freedom is no longer assured in many countries. This is
especially true when it involves espousing views contrary to the theory of
Darwinian macroevolution. Numerous instances have been documented where
scientists and teachers have either been censored or removed from their
positions for allowing or facilitating open discussion of the empirical problems
of macroevolution. In fact, one scientist with two earned PhDs in biology, who
followed long-standing procedures in allowing a properly peer-reviewed but
controversial article to be published in the journal he edited, was publicly
vilified and relentlessly persecuted.

Why do so many people believe in Darwinian evolution? Another page of the PSSI website responds:
Perhaps the answer is found in the following quote from writer and film
maker (Jurassic Park, et al) Michael Crichton (summa cum laude graduate of
Harvard College, MD from Harvard Medical School, postdoctoral fellow at the Salk
Institute for Biological Studies, visiting lecturer in anthropology at Cambridge
University): Consensus science "is an extremely pernicious development that
ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has
been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming
that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of
scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're
being had.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Why do so many people believe in Darwinian evolution? Why do so many people believe the Earth revolves around the sun? Why do so many people believe in gravity?