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Florida Citizens for Science Excommunicate Prominent Scientists from "Scientific Community" For Doubting Darwin

In a bold move, the little-known group Florida Citizens for Science are excommunicating all scientists who raise any concerns about neo-Darwinism from the "scientific community."

In an Orlando Sentinel story about the adoption of new science standards, Joe Wolf, president of Florida Citizens for Science and newly anointed spokesperson for the worldwide "scientific community," had this to say about the scientific problems with neo-Darwinism:

"It's a PR issue," he said. "And it's a religious issue. In the scientific community, it's not an issue."(emphasis mine)

Here are members of the scientific community to whom it is an issue, and who I am sure will be surprised to be so unceremoniously booted from the "scientific community":

Jeery Fodor, State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, Guggenheim Fellow, Fullbright Fellow (Oxford), Woodrow Wilson Fellow (Princeton):

The ironic upshot is that at a time when the theory of natural selection has become an article of pop culture, it is faced with what may be the most serious challenge it has had so far. Darwinists have been known to say that adaptationism is the best idea that anybody has ever had. It would be a good joke if the best idea that anybody has ever had turned out not to be true. A lot of the history of science consists of the world playing that sort of joke on our most cherished theories.
The National Research Council (National Academies) published a report this past summer that frankly stated:
Natural selection based solely on mutation is probably not an adequate mechanism for evolving complexity.
Over 700 doctoral scientists have expressed their skepticism of Darwinian evolution, signing onto a statement that reads:
"We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged."

Eugene Koonin, senior research scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, and National Institutes of Health recently published a paper that claims:

The relationships between major groups within an emergent new class of biological entities are hard to decipher and do not seem to fit the tree pattern that, following Darwin's original proposal, remains the dominant description of biological evolution. ... No intermediate "grades" or intermediate forms between different types are detectable.
According to the Sentinel:
Proposed standards for seventh-graders, for example, would require that students should be able to "recognize and describe that fossil evidence is consistent with the idea that human beings evolved from earlier species."
Heck, clearly some former members of the "scientific community" don't think this anymore.

How big (or productive) will the "scientific community" be when all Darwin-doubters are forced out?


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