elfs (yes, that Elf) wrote in his LJ today about Ashley Evans’s rant and it helped me clarify some thoughts I’ve had for a while but couldn’t express in words.
As much as I tend to believe that some theory of evolution is more likely to be correct than some formulation of a creationist myth, I think it is fair to say that there’s a non-empty “gap” in The Theory of Evolution. I can explain why with one question: Which theory of evolution is The Theory of Evolution? The fact that I can ask that question demonstrates the flaw.
Is it Darwinian natural selection? Punctuated equilibrium? Something else entirely?
Ironically, while I said I tend to believe some form of evolutionary theory is correct as opposed to some creationist myth, I have a hard time accepting that any of the currently expressed theories of evolution to be the actually correct one, either.
But, I trust, through good science and rigorous discipline, we’ll continue to iterate towards the correct one.
Tags: religion, science, politics
The way Stephen Jay Gould has put this seems simplest: it’s not a question of whether or not, but how and in what form. There’s little or not debate that evolution has happened and continues to happen — they’re just working out the exact mechanism, and that’s something too sprawling and complex to chalk up to “God done dood it.”