[Taxacom] Darwin's Doubt

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Sun Mar 10 17:08:11 CDT 2019

I'm not sure what there is to discuss - scientifically that is.
Philosophically one can believe in 'intelligent design' (or any such design
for that matter, whether intelligent or not) and evolution (i.e. evolution
is the expression of a particular supernatural intention or whatever), or
one could believe in intelligent design or not evolution. People can
believe whatever they want existentially, but science is not about beliefs
(although its findings may lead to certain beliefs.   I would suggest not
getting snared into arguments over science since science is simply an
exploration of existence (call if creation if you wish) and is not,
therefore, competent to bear witness on the ultimate nature of existence
outside that experience. My opinion anyway.

John Grehan

On Sun, Mar 10, 2019 at 5:44 PM Frederick W. Schueler <bckcdb at istar.ca>

> Taxacomers,
> I'm in a discussion group with some intelligent design enthusiasts, and
> this week we're going to be discussing "Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive
> Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design" -
> https://darwinsdoubt.com/ - which seems to me so far to be based on the
> argument from personal incredulity, but I don't know much about the
> evolution of protein folding, and I wonder what others have thought
> about this. I have seen this book called "a masterwork of
> pseudoscience," and it doesn't seem to explore the Great Unconformity,
> or the selection pressures that would have been present on an unsettled
> animate morphology moving into a completely vacant niche space...
> fred.
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