They may have declared their winner. Folk have been seeing this bumper sticker around town:
We have the fossils. We win.
That would be good news for Darwin, who didn’t think the fossil record supported him, but hoped it would, one day.
The trouble is, that has been the trade secret of paleontology (Stephen Jay Gould) that it doesn’t support him. It supports sudden, rapid emergence, which almost certainly means a non-Darwinian origin for change in life forms.
However, the lobby’s choice seems intuitively right. The slogan appeals to people who don’t know much about the issues except where they stand. Who they support. And what their views are.
These days, those people make the best, most reliable Darwinists.
Here’s the promo for the sticker, for example:
A reminder that in the argument over evolution there is really only one type of evidence, and it’s overwhelmingly on the side of those who believe in evolution.
Oh? Only fossils matter? So all that supposed genetic evidence is bunk?
In many cases – if the history we are piecing together is correct – the fossils only tell us something in the light of other types of evidence. When two lines of evidence must be taken together, we cannot say “there is really only one type of evidence.”
So, on the whole, Darwin’s pressure group has connected with its base. The people who do not wonder about things like that.
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