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Nancy Pearcey: Macroevolution does not happen in nature

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From Nancy Pearcey, author of Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality, at CNS:

What Was Darwin’s ‘Original’ Thought?

Original thinking? The truth is that there was little about Darwin’s scientific theory that was original—and the part that was original was not scientific.

The idea that organisms undergo minor variations was not original. For millennia, farmers and breeders have known that they could induce minor changes in a breeding population (typically a species or genus). This process also happens in nature, where it is called microevolution.


What was original was Darwin’s proposal that the same minor variations might accumulate via undirected natural selection to originate completely new organs and body plans (generating higher taxonomic categories such as orders, classes, or phyla). This is called macroevolution—and it does not happen in nature.More.

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3 Replies to “Nancy Pearcey: Macroevolution does not happen in nature

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    asauber says:

    This is called macroevolution—and it does not happen in nature.

    And somehow science teachers started teaching that it does.

    I wonder what happened? (rhetorical question)


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    aarceng says:

    It depends how you define “macroevolution”. Lower the bar enough and you can claim that macroevolution does occur.

    If you say that speciation is macroevolution and that different varieties are species (e.g 4 species of giraffes and 2 species of African elephants) then Voila! Macroevolution DOES happen in nature.

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    asauber says:

    Lower the bar


    You just described over 97% of modern science.


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