Like we said, plenty of time for Darwinians to beat their iron rice bowls into hatchets. From zoologist Jules Howard at Guardian,:
Some still attack Darwin and evolution – How can science fight back?
I can save you the effort of reading AN Wilson’s “exposé” on Darwin, which did the rounds over the weekend, characterising the famous scientist as a fraud, a thief, a liar, a racist and a rouser of nazism. Instead, head over to Netflix and watch the creationist made-for-TV movie A Matter of Faith, which covers many of the same arguments – and also includes a final scene in which a fictional evolutionary biologist, standing alone in his study, holds a rubber chicken in his hands and finds himself deliberating over the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. At least that was an original take on these tiresome accusations. More.
Right Today, it is comparatively more difficult to stifle accusations than to address them. The internet, not creationists, did that to Jules Howard.
Also, I think we are all OK with entertaining the idea that, if a more scientifically accurate way of explaining the diversity of life on Earth comes along, Darwin would be ousted. It’s just that, based on current evidence, Darwin’s ideas still seem capable of explaining much, if not all, of what we see in nature. Hence, our kids learn about him in schools and popular science books that refute his influence are treated with understandable confusion, concern or disdain.
Not only isn’t that true but it simply can’t be true. Many institutions are heavily invested in Darwinism. Some exist only to promote it. A big, obsolescent ship takes a long time to turn around, especially when more than half the crew cannot afford to know why the ship is even turning.
Notice that Howard equates Darwin and evolution, which many colleagues do not. And Fixing doubters is supposed to be a goal of “science”? A sure winner, that.
Characteristically, Howard wants to know how to “draw people in.” Better idea: Come out of the bunker and try listening. People have good reasons for not believing you.
People like Howard might sound a bit more convincing if they changed the CD and got up to date on the problems with Darwinism. But then their cause would evaporate.
At this point, Darwin’s friends are more dangerous to his reputation than his enemies.
Note: Jules Howard is the author of Sex on Earth (2014) and Death on Earth (2016).
See also: A. N. Wilson’s forthcoming book on Darwin as fraud
What the fossils told us in their own words