The Award for Most Dogmatic Indoctrinator in an Evolutionary Biology Course Goes to . . .
It seems that dogmatic Darwinists will now applaud efforts to consistently suppress scientific criticism of modern evolutionary theory. The winner is a biology professor at University of Minnesota. If you guessed the infamous PZ Myers, guess again, because this year's most dogmatic Darwinist is Randy Moore.
"The evidence supporting evolution is overwhelming and comes from diverse disciplines, such as molecular biology, paleontology, comparative anatomy, ethology, and biochemistry. There is no controversy among biologists about whether evolution occurs, nor are there science-based alternative theories," states Dr. Moore. "Evolution is a unifying theme in biology; teaching it as such is the best way to show students what biology is about and how they can use evolution as a tool to understand our world. [Evolution] is as important an idea as there is in science -- it is a great gift to give to students," says Dr. Moore.
In accepting his award, Moore manages to make a number of mistakes.
First, the evidence supporting evolution isn't as overwhelming or mountainous as Moore claims. Jonathan Wells proved this with Icons of Evolution which still causes conniption fits for Darwinists. More recently, the new supplementary biology text from Hill House Publishers, Explore Evolution, provides the case for and against Darwinian evolution and raises significant challenges to Darwinism in anatomical homology, molecular biology, and embryology, just to name a few.
Second, there's no knowing what Moore means when he says there's "no controversy among biologists about whether evolution occurs" because he doesn't clarify what he means by evolution. Obviously there is no controversy over microevolution, change over time. But there is huge controversy among scientists over evolution if you mean macroevolution. Witness the Dissent from Darwin list, where hundreds of scientists proclaim their skepticism.
Third, Darwinian evolution is not a theory of everything. To claim it the unifying theory of all biology is laughable. Simply consider the Altenberg conference just this past summer and it's clear that Darwinian evolution is on the ropes, not on the rise.
Fourth, just saying there are no "science-based alternative theories" doesn't make it so. Just look to scientific theories such as intelligent design, self-organization, endosymbiotic theory and so on.
As CSC Fellow Jonathan Witt once pointed out:
To shut down debate, other tactics are needed. A favorite is to assure people that Darwinism underpins all of modern biology. Many people of good will strongly believe this, but they are mistaken.It's pretty pathetic when a scientific theory like Darwinism has to be propped up through indoctrination. Worse, those who lie to their students will now be rewarded for doing so. Orwellian, isn't it?
A.S. Wilkins, a leading evolutionary biologist, concedes this point. "The subject of evolution occupies a special, and paradoxical, place within biology as a whole," he wrote. "While the great majority of biologists would probably agree with Theodosius Dobzhansky's dictum that 'nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution,' most can conduct their work quite happily without particular reference to evolutionary ideas. Evolution would appear to be the indispensable unifying idea and, at the same time, a highly superfluous one."