Philosopher Laszlo Bencze reflects on a recent National Geographic program on dragonflies:
First I hear, “The dragonfly, the perfected result of 300 million years of evolution.’’ Then a few minutes later I hear, “The dragonfly was perfect when it first appeared 300 million years ago.” I guess the producers of these shows don’t bother listening to what they’re saying as long as they are saying something about evolution and how wonderful it is. Oh, and there’s not a word about how the imperfections of the dragonfly might reveal the random meanderings of an evolutionary process. Nope, it’s the perfection of the dang thing that tells us evolution is responsible even though it doesn’t change a bit after it first appears.
Actually, Laszlo, Darwinspeak is so much a part of the landscape that few viewers likely noticed the contradiction. They hear this stuff all the time, and it doesn’t need to hang together as long as it all conforms to a certain type of correctness: Darwinian evolution is true, no matter what the evidence.
In any event, it would be career incorrect to be seen raising any questions about it. Even knowing that there is a contradiction flags one as a suspicious person, who may actually doubt.
Darwin doubted, at times. His followers do not. They run things; he’s dead.
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