Archive for March, 2011
Of his twenty-five books, Charles Darwin considered The Origin of Species his greatest lifetime achievement. Today rarely is the full title of the book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Survival of the Fittest in the Preservation of Favoured Races, is rarely ever mentioned.
The long title is actually two titles separated by the word “or” with four separate phrases. Since Preservation of Favoured Races infers racism and Survival of the Fittest was later translated to Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, today, rarely is the second half of the title ever used.
Natural selection is Charles Darwin proposed natural mechanism for the origin of new species, as the title implies—On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Natural selection was Darwin’s proposed unifying “natural law of evolution”.
What is the evidence for natural selection? Darwin explains –
In order to make it clear how, as I believe, natural selection acts, I must beg permission to give one or two imaginary illustrations.
Francis Collins, the past director of the Human Genome Project and current director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), and Charles Darwin have pursued a common cause—a belief in evolution supported by deductive reasoning.
While the DNA regions not known to code for proteins were thought to be only “Junk DNA” by Collins, Darwin thought that Natural Selection was the driving force of evolution. Continue Reading
Stunning the intellectual elite, Anthony Flew turned on the validity of evolution.
In an Associated Press article in 2004 entitled “Famous Atheist Believes in God: One of the World’s Leading Atheists Now Believes in God”, goes on to report, “A British philosophy professor who has been a leading champion of atheism for more than a half-century has changed his mind. He now believes in God more or less based on scientific evidence.”
In his latest and last book, There is a God, How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, Flew chroniclizes his role in the atheist movement during the twentieth century in 2007. Continue Reading