You Can Believe in Evolution, Just Don’t Say You Believe in Evolution
A Clear Lens
Keith Blanchard is not a biologist. He’s not a scientist of any kind as far as I can tell. So when he begins explaining details about evolution I feel like we’re at least on the same level. In an article posted August 4th, 2014 on ‘The Week’ entitled “Why You Should Stop Believing in Evolution”, Keith takes on the task of explaining to us how “belief” is the wrong word to apply to evolution. As he explains, “that’s like asking, ‘do you believe in ‘blue’.” Only problem is, the evolution that Mr. Blanchard thinks he’s describing in his article isn’t the type of evolution that he… believes in.
Mr. Blanchard begins by laying all his cards out on the table…
“Humanity, after all, is but one ugly branch on the big tree of life. Go back far enough, and you’ll find an ancestor common to you and to every creature on Earth. You are related to your cat… you are related to a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and to the mosquito you just murdered, and to your houseplants.”
Some in the science community have recognized the extreme improbability1 of life as we know it all originating from one single-celled organism. Due to this, some have postulated that random mutation must have occurred in multiple places at multiple times. Because just like with time, if you just add more, then anything is possible, right? Anyway, what he’s describing here is what has become popularly known as ‘macro-evolution’, or General Theory of Evolution.2 It’s the theory (an evolutionary scientist’s word, not mine) that “all the living forms in the world have arisen from a single source which itself came from an inorganic form.“ Jumping species is totally cool with this theory.
Mr. Blanchard goes on to claim the truth of evolution is “easily demonstrated”. He claims that Pangea and a single dinosaur bone are proofs of it. He even does the hard work of explaining how it is that life goes from a houseplant to a mosquito to a cat to a dinosaur to human beings…
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