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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Thinkquote of the day 2: Jonathan Wells on arguments for universal common ancestry

Whatever merits these hypotheses might have, one thing is clear: molecular phylogeny has failed, utterly and completely, to establish that universal common ancestry is true. The molecular evidence, like the fossil and embryo evidence, is plagued with inconsistencies, and Darwinism must be assumed in order to explain it; or, as is often the case, explain it away.

- from Jonathan Wells' The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design , p. 46.


My own reaction to the universal common ancestry claim at this point is similar to what I once heard a Canadian police officer say politely but firmly to a possible suspect. Not "I KNOW da Troof and it be in da BIBLE!! Canadians don't typically talk that way. He merely said, "I'm afraid you are going to have to come up with something better."

If you like this blog, check out my book on the intelligent design controversy, By Design or by Chance?. You can read excerpts as well.

Are you looking for one of the following stories?

A summary of tech guru George Gilder's arguments for ID and against Darwinism

A critical look at why March of the Penguins was thought to be an ID film.

A summary of recent opinion columns on the ID controversy

A summary of recent polls of US public opinion on the ID controversy

A summary of the Catholic Church's entry into the controversy, essentially on the side of ID.

O'Leary's intro to non-Darwinian agnostic philosopher David Stove’s critique of Darwinism.

An ID Timeline: The ID folk seem always to win when they lose.

O’Leary’s comments on Francis Beckwith, a Dembski associate, being denied tenure at Baylor.

Why origin of life is such a difficult problem.
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