Last night, it as noted that macroevolution was not a clear concept back in 1980 and enough was known by 2009 to fell Darwin’s “tree of life.” But it makes no difference. The circus rolls on around and around in a circle, textbooks reflect a vanished world of certainties, dissenters are silenced and no one notices or can afford to.
A friend wrote to point out that a number of areas in science are like that now. Everyone in the know knows there are serious problems but top people won’t discuss them for fear of “bringing out the yahoos.” In the real world, of course, yahoos come to power because Top People cannot address problems. Most people don’t want that, but they don’t choose to risk anything to prevent it when the Top People were hopeless anyway.
All this said, a friend of Uncommon Descent writes to point out that Darwinians believe that our brains were shaped for fitness, not truth. They probably feel no strong drive to accommodate their theory with fact; indeed, Darwin’s followers are quite content with a science that does nothing but attempt to cherrypick or, increasingly, manufacture demonstrations of their theory.
They ask for no more and no more will they ever get. What should the rest of us do?
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