18th AND 19th century scientists Pt 25

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Chicago Evolution Conference (1980). While the
newspapers, popular magazines, and school textbooks emblazoned
evolutionary theory as being essentially proven
scientifically in so many ways, the evolutionary scientists
were discouraged. They knew the truth. The Switzerland,
Wistar, and Alpbach meetings had clearly shown that theirs
was a losing cause. However, in yet another futile effort,
in October 1980, 160 of the world’s leading evolutionary
scientists met again, this time at the University of
Chicago. In brief, it was a verbal explosion. Facts opposing
evolution were presented, and angry retorts and insults
were hurled in return.

The following month, *Newsweek (November 3, 1980) reported that a large
majority of evolutionists at the conference agreed that
not even the neo-Darwinian mechanism (of mutations
working with natural selection) could no longer be
regarded as scientifically valid or tenable. Neither
the origin nor diversity of living creatures could be
explained by evolutionary theory (*Roger Lewin,
“Evolutionary Theory Under Fire,” in Science, November
21, 1980; *G.R. Taylor, Great Evolution Mystery,
1983, p. 55). Why is the public still told that evolution is
essentially proven and all the scientists believe it,—when
both claims are far from the truth?

New York City Evolution Conference (1981). The following
year, another important meeting was held, this one at
the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
*Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist at the British
Museum of Natural History, read a paper in which he
declared that evolution was “positively anti-knowledge”
and added, “All my life I had been duped into taking
evolution as revealed truth.”

Yet Patterson is in charge of millions of fossil samples, and he is well-acquainted with the collection. Commenting on the crisis, another scientist,
*Michael Ruse, wrote that the increasing number of critics
included many with “the highest intellectual credentials”
(*Michael Ruse, “Darwin’s Theory: An Exercise in Science,”
in New Scientist, June 25, 1981, p. 828).

Panspermia (1981). Amid the cries of desperation and
despair arising from evolutionary scientists, one of the most
famous scientists of the 20th century, a Nobel Prize winner,
came up with a new theory. In 1981, *Francis Crick, the codiscoverer
of the structure of the DNA molecule, published a
book, declaring that “directed panspermia” was responsible
for life on earth. According to this theory, people from
another planet sent a rocket down here, with living crea-
tures on it, in order to populate our planet! Crick admits
that this does not explain how nearly all our plant and animal
species came into existence.

Nor does it explain the transportation
problem. Centuries of travel through the cold of
outer space would be required. This theory is a desperate,
gasping effort to provide a solution to the question of how
living creatures originated, a puzzle which thousands of scientists
in 150 years of diligent work have not been able to
solve. Very few intellectuals have accepted panspermia.
Cambridge Evolution Conference (1984). Desperate for
a solution, at a 1984 seminar held at Cambridge University,
*Stephen Gould’s “hopeful monster” theory was discussed
(the wild idea that a lizard laid an egg, one day,
and a bird hatched).

Karl Popper’s theory of science was
also discussed. Popper is the leading expert on the philosophy
of science. His position is that a theory must be testable.
Evolution, of course, does not meet the test. (See chapter
37, Philosophy of History, on our website.)
Second Mechanism Changeover (1980s). The utterly
unscientific “hopeless monster” theory, which *Richard
Goldschmidt proposed in the 1930s, totally astounded the
evolutionary world. Yet, as the years passed and a great
mountain of evidence surfaced against both natural selection
and mutations as mechanisms of cross-species
change, the experts felt desperate. —

There was nothing left but the theory of sudden, miraculous “million mutation,”
beneficial changes once every 50,000 years,
which *Gould, *Stanley, and their associates were increasingly
urging. Just as astronomers had, in desperation,
accepted the ridiculous Big Bang explosion theory 20 years
before as the cause of a universe of orderly galactic systems,
so the biological evolutionists now went farther out on
their own evolutionary limb. Geneticists, biologists, and
paleontologists recognized that the evolution of one species
out of another was impossible otherwise. Evolutionists,
in hopeless desperation, fled to an imagined “hopeful

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