Friday, February 13, 2009

NY Times: 'Darwin Must Die'

In an essay for the NY Times, author Carl Safina argues that, attaching such a wonderful, elegant and awesome idea like evolution to a single man, Charles Darwin, leaves the theory on shaky ground.

"We don’t call astronomy Copernicism, nor gravity Newtonism," said Savina. "'Darwinism' implies an ideology adhering to one man’s dictates, like Marxism. And “isms” (capitalism, Catholicism, racism) are not science."

Safina also points out that Darwin's idea would have been forgotten if not for a century-and-a-half of supporting science. "Equating evolution with Charles Darwin ignores 150 years of, including most of what scientists understand about evolution," wrote Safina.

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