Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Dawkins on Design

Things look designed when the mess it took to get them to this point is left out of the picture; all the fits, false starts and remodeled adaptations like the Panda's Thumb.
Many people cannot bear to think that they are cousins not just of chimpanzees and monkeys, but of tapeworms, spiders, and bacteria. The unpalatability of a proposition, however, has no bearing on its truth.

A designer that goofs? It's a convenient lack of context as Prof. Dawkins outlines here .
In any developing science there are disagreements. But scientists—and here is what separates real scientists from the pseudoscientists of the school of intelligent design—always know what evidence it would take to change their minds. One thing all real scientists agree upon is the fact of evolution itself. It is a fact that we are cousins of gorillas, kangaroos, starfish, and bacteria. Evolution is as much a fact as the heat of the sun. It is not a theory, and for pity’s sake, let’s stop confusing the philosophically naive by calling it so. Evolution is a fact.
It is time to halt this confusion. Theories proven are fact.


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