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Re: Darwin
« Reply #60 on: January 14, 2015, 10:36:22 pm »
FACTS and QUOTES from: The Origin of the Species (sixth Edition published in 1872)

Darwin spent 13 years revising and correcting what was a literary monument to indecision, uncertainty, and obfuscation.


b) Hundreds of equivocations

Far from being a definitive work, the Origin is saturated with conjecture. In the final 1876 printing20 of the 1872 sixth edition, Darwin employed the word “may” 642 times, “if” 493 times, “might” 203 times, “probable” or “probably” 182 times, “tend” or “tendency” 153 times, “suppose(d)” 141 times, “perhaps” 63 times, “no doubt” 58 times, and so on.21 “I believe” occurs 58 times, and “I think” 43 times; down from 97 and 81 times respectively in the 1st edition, because Darwin’s correspondents complained!19

Here’s a sample of Darwin-speak from p. 100 of his 6th Edition:
“variations in a single species inhabiting an isolated station might be beneficial, and thus the whole mass of individuals might be modified, or two distinct forms might arise.”
(Emphases added.) But equally, they might not might not … might not. Darwinian conjecture does not constitute scientific evidence.

c) No actual evidence of anything

In Chapter 4 on Natural Selection, under the heading: “Illustrations of the Action of Natural Selection, or the Survival of the Fittest”, Darwin wrote:
“In order to make it clear how, as I believe, natural selection acts, I must beg permission to give one or two imaginary illustrations.”
22 (His words, emphasis added.) Why “imaginary illustrations”? Well, when you can’t cite a single real-life example of natural selection producing anything new, the only resources left are imaginary ones!  ;D

The first of these is about wolves chasing their prey. Darwin wrote:

… let us suppose that the fleetest prey, a deer for instance, had from any change in the country increased in numbers, or that other prey had decreased in numbers. … Under such circumstances the swiftest and slimmest wolves would have the best chance of surviving, and so be preserved or selected. … I speak of the slimmest individual wolves, and not of any single strongly-marked variation having been preserved.22

Actually, the facts about wolves are substantially different, as Sir David Attenborough has demonstrated in several of his nature-study TV films. Wolves prefer to hunt in packs rather than singly, and whatever their prey group is, they don’t choose the strongest and fleetest individual to attack but the weakest and slowest, which may be injured or sick or old or a juvenile.

So, not only could Darwin not produce a single real-life example of natural selection producing anything, even this imaginary case was contrary to the facts. The Origin is all speculation, ad hoc assumptions, and special pleading. See:

Muddy waters: clarifying the confusion about natural section

Natural selection ≠ evolution

Refutation of New Scientist’s Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions

How information is lost when creatures adapt to their environment

  Exploring the God Question: 2, Life and Evolution, Part 1 (Darwinism)

Agelbert NOTE: In typical goal post moving fashion, I expect someone will claim that, "It was supposition THEN but we have 150 years of PROOF NOW! Yada-yada ya!" 

NOPE! What we HAVE now is a LOT of Evidence that contradicts the hypothesis that produced the Evolution Narrative. But you fine "scientific" minds here can cling to your "theory" all you want! TPTB are BACKING you ALL THE WAY while you bleat and whine about the "attack" on civil liberties from (LOL!) Christianity!

RIGHT! It's Christianity that pushes justification for offing the useless eaters, hysterics about carrying capacity, justification for wars for oil, game theory, survival of the meanest mother F'ing apex predator by any means needed to destroy the competition and, last but not least, experimentation on living beings, be they humans or not, is A-f u c k ing okay for the "good" of science! 
Keep believin', true believers! It's all those whacko Christians that are messing up this planet... Just get rid of ALL of us superstitious whackos and then everything will be just fine in your truly rational, logical. prudent, measured, do the math, f u c k your buddy world.   
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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