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Catholic Darwinist Ken Miller: “… the more students learn of biology, the more they accept evolution.”

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At Huffington Post (02/10/2012) Brown University Catholic Darwinist Ken Miller opines,

You might think that since Americans are a practical, pragmatic people, this is an issue that would turn on the weight of the evidence. It’s not. In an age of molecular genomics, it is ever more apparent that the fingerprints of evolution are pressed deeply into human DNA, just as they are into the genomes of every other organism. Biologists understand this, and so do students who study the science of life. Whether conservative or liberal, fundamentalist or agnostic, the more students learn of biology, the more they accept evolution. So, why does public acceptance matter if the students who actually go into science see the evidence for evolution so clearly?

Steady on. The evolution that Miller is interested in is Darwinism; he’s the author of Finding Darwin’s God.

Put another way, he didn’t write Finding Barbara McClintock’s God (jumping genes) or Finding Lynn Margulis’ God (symbiosis), let alone Finding the God of horizontal gene transfer.

If Americans are a pragmatic people, as he says, they ought to follow the evidence. And the evidence that Darwinism (natural selection acting on random mutations) turns a cow into a whale, all by itself, is preposterously poor.

Anyway, Miller really needs to talk to the researchers who have studied how students come to accept the Darwin curriculum. It has nothing to do with “the more we learn of biology”; gut feelings, we are told, determine their views.

He also charges,

This is the heart of our Darwin problem. Significant numbers of Americans have come to regard the scientific enterprise as a special interest group that rejects mainstream American values and is not worthy of the public trust. Governor Rick Perry of Texas spoke to this view when he claimed that “There are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data” to their own benefit. Why? Perry was clear about this. It’s personal greed. Scientists cheat “so that they will have dollars rolling in to their projects.” Perry is hardly alone in his effort to depict scientists as greedy outsiders, “scamming the American people right and left” in the words of one Fox News commentator.

Again, steady on. Fact is, there have been numerous serious scandals of late (Marc Hauser, Diedrik Stapel, “arsenic-based life” … ), and the science literature itself acknowledges the problem.

Some of us would take issue with the claim that it’s all about money (if Perry actually said that). Many offenders are probably motivated far more by intellectual or social causes and a desire for prestige. But it’s still bad science.

And Ken Miller still needs to get out more.

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2 Replies to “Catholic Darwinist Ken Miller: “… the more students learn of biology, the more they accept evolution.”

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    Joe says:

    Miller still thinks that anyone opposed to the “theory” of evolution argues for the fixity of species even though he has been told otherwise.

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    tjguy says:

    “the more students learn of biology, the more they accept evolution.” claims Miller.

    If by biology he means biology taught from a Darwinian perspective, he may be right. However, it all depends on the worldview through which biology is taught. Students taught biology from an ID or creationist perspective probably would be exceptions to this claim. And I have a sneaking suspicion that even a fair number of students who sit under Darwinian teaching begin to entertain doubts the more they learn what Darwinists actually expect them to believe.

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