Re: Darwin a has-been?
CHARLES F. YOUTHER (cyouther@AFIT.AF.MIL)
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 19:11:47 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> Alex Duncan <email@example.com> writes:
>From: Alex Duncan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Darwin a has-been?
>Date: 3 Nov 1995 14:11:01 GMT
>In article <email@example.com> H. M. Hubey,
>WOW! Hubey boldly blazes new paths of ignorance.
>Have you ever read Darwin?
>Darwin is certainly outdated in a lot of ways, and was ignorant of a lot
>of things we're aware of today. Frankly, that makes his accomplishment
>all the more astonishing. The "Origin" is still assigned as a required
>text by some of the premiere evolutionary biologists, and with good
>reason. Not only is it a compelling argument for evolution (in the days
>before evolution was a fact) and for natural selection as a primary
>mechanism of evolutionary change, it is also a fine example of how a good
>argument is constructed. When I think of what "the scientist" should be,
>Darwin is the image that comes to mind. It might do you well to read
>some of Darwin's work.
>Dept. of Anthropology
>University of Texas at Austin
>Austin, TX 78712-1086
One small observation: Things don't become facts; they are either facts or
they are not. If something wasn't a fact before, it's not a fact now.
Rather, we sometimes change our understanding of which things are facts and
which are not. Evolution is either a fact or it isn't; it hasn't become fact.
While I'm sure Mr. Duncan is well aware of this, some readers of this newgroup
appear not to be thus.
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