Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Letter to the Editor: No doubt about evolution


Letter to the Editor: No doubt about evolution

By Larry Forrest, Catoosa

Published: 2/26/2011 5:36 AM

It was with amazement and amusement that I read the recent letters in the
Tulsa World disputing the theory of evolution. Evolution deniers would have
us believe that the vast majority of scientists who regard evolution as
being true have been blinded by ... what? A delusion of Satan?

Scientists of all religious faiths (or no faith at all) accept evolution,
whereas it is primarily fundamentalist Christians who reject it. The latter
would have the Hebrew creation myth found in the Book of Genesis taught
alongside evolution in public schools.

While we're at it, why not teach the Demon Theory of Disease with the Germ
Theory? Perhaps astrology could find a place in behavioral psychology. And
wouldn't it be fun to teach alchemy in chemistry class? After all, Sir Isaac
Newton believed that base metals could be turned into gold.

To those not wearing theological blinders, the evidence for evolution is
overwhelming. From the nearly three decades of meticulous study by Charles
Darwin, resulting in the publication of his book "On the Origin of Species,"
to Mendelian genetics, to DNA, to such stunning fossil finds as
Archaeopteryx (a bird-reptile combo), and Lucy (a 3.2 million-year- old
bipedal ancestor of ours), the case for evolution has been made irrefutably.

As Friedrich Nietzsche put it, "If you wish to strive for peace of soul and
pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire."

Science inquires.

This letter was published exclusively online.

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Letter to the Editor: No doubt about evolution

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