Here’s an Example of Evolution’s Unavoidable Anti Realism
by Cornelius Hunter
Though evolutionists think of themselves as realists—ruthlessly objective investigators interested only in truth—their naturalistic constraint ultimately leaves them with only anti realism. This is because any a priori restriction of the answer might exclude the true answer. If I decide my math homework must contain only odd numbered answers, then I’ll be wrong on those problems whose correct answer is an even number. I can round up, approximate, truncate, contort or whatever to obtain an odd number, but I will be wrong. For such problems, the only way to be right is to remove the a priori restriction. But evolutionists cannot do this. Foundational to their thinking is that the world must have arisen by itself, strictly via natural laws and processes. What most evolutionists do not grasp is that their extreme rationalism leads at best to anti realism, and at worst to skepticism.
Evolutionary theory has produced so many false predictions—and as a consequence has become so complex—that it is difficult to keep track. Evolutionists have approximated, truncated, contorted or whatever to obtain their mandated answer. The fact that evolution is a fact is underwritten by the rationalistic a priori constraint rather than the scientific results. The former has precedence because the latter is always a work in progress. Scientific results can change, so given enough time and contorting we may yet find that the science supports the rationalism.
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In the meantime this commitment to method can lead to awkward moments, such as when the student asks how evolution created life and all its species, how it created such complexity, how it created such variation where it shouldn’t be, or how it created such similarity where it shouldn’t be, and so forth.
While brow-beating, intimidation, delegitimization, dismissal, mockery and funding threats are usually sufficient to check any such challenges, some evolutionists find safety in the ultimate defense: evolution’s latent anti realism…
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