Friday, March 10, 2006


I would like to take time to address the theory of Evolution. And by that I mean Atheistic evolution, not those who believe God guided it. I don't believe in that either, but for the time being I will only be speaking of the Godless kind. I've heard many people who believe that the theory of evolution is unquestionable and is undeniably fact. The fact of the mater is in order for something to be scientific fact it has to be able to be tested. Because evolution can not be tested it can never be a fact. That means that you, like those who believe in God, must accept it as faith. Many people believe it is fact because many of the concepts which are associated with evolution are facts. These include natural selection, Adaptation, mutations including beneficial ones, selective breeding, etc. These concepts in no way rely on evolution to be facts. It is important when talking about evolution to correctly define the word. Every change that occurs in a lifeform is not evolution. Life forms do change. As I've said before mutations do occur. Evolution can only occur when those mutations result in a gain of NEW genetic information. We do not observe this in nature. Never have. All mutations, including beneficial ones always result in a loss of genetic information, or a rearranging of existing information. Never is there any new information. There may be MORE information, but that doesn't mean the information is new. If you copy a document you have more information, but you don't have any new information.
In other words what is actually happening is that life is devolving, not evolving. The very word evolve means an upward trend.

How about an example of natural selection involving a loss of information? Sure!
I'll give you two, one involving a loss via a mutation, one involving selective breeding.
There is a bird on the galapagos island which via a mutation has lost the genetic information to have large wings capible of flight. This means the bird now has smaller wings and is now a terrific swimmer. Food became scarce and the birds that could swim survived on fish while the birds that flew died out.
Natural selection occured. a mutation involving a genetic loss occured. But Evolution did not occur.

The next example is hypethetical. Imagine a pack of dogs. Some dogs have long hair and some dogs have short hair. They migrate to a region and that region suddenly becomes cold. The short haired dogs die out and eventually only long haired dogs survive the cold. There was no mutation, but there was a loss in genetic information. Natural selection occured. Selective breeding occured. But there was no evolution to be found.

I know while reading this example after example has popped in to your mind that you believe is proof of evolution. First be careful that you've correctly defined evolution and that this is not proof of one of these other concepts. And know that no matter what that example is there is probably an evolution free explaination.

Some have said that blind fish in a cave are evidence of evolution. But these fish have lost the ability to see. Evidence of evolution would be an animal gaining an entire new organ with a completely new function that never existed before. There is no example of that. Even in humans the vestigial organ count has dwindled to zero. There are organs we can live without, but all organs have a function, however small it may be.

Why then, if evolution can be so easily doubted and questioned do a large population of the scientific community as well as the everyday joe believe it's a fact? I'd say the everyday joe has heard it so long that he has just obsorbed it in to his life. But the reason behind it's popularity all boils down to faith. Atheism is a religion. A religion, as defined by the random house dictionary, is a system of beliefs which pertain to the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe. They accept it because it explains their religion. It makes those who don't wish to believe in a God feel like their being intellectual.

I myself am not an expert on this matter however. For that you'll have to go here.
Feel free to ask questions and use their search function. Chances are your question has been answered before. They're an organization I've come to trust above others.