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A View from the Altar / Creation-evolution debate soon to end… Yah, I bet
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Creation-evolution debate soon to end… Yah, I bet

Louis Leakey, in some ways the first name in the scholarship of human evolution, has declared an early victory in the creation/evolution debate and, so to speak, has left the building.

Did he do this based on some radical new finding?  Well, not exactly.  In fact, there’s not any new finding at all.  There’s just the weariness of an old man who knows he’s right but can’t prove it.

It’s striking to me that this encapsulates the debate that’s been going on since the days of Lamark.  Those who believe in evolution do exactly that — believe it — because it’s not the sort of thing one can adduce actual proof for.  And this is because evolution just flat-out fails the test of what constitutes a science.  Science is all about observation, and there is nothing about evolution that can be observed.

Further, the acid test of a scientific theory is its ability to predict experimental findings.  What does Mr. Leakey’s theory of human evolution predict?  Well, actually, nothing.  When will the next big punctuation in the equilibrium happen?  No idea.  What will the next critter after homo sapiens look like?  No idea about that, either.  What specific fossil evidence will be found and where?  Nobody knows, including Mr. Leakey.  And no reputable scientist would dare to guess about it if the stakes were as high as those in a true science, namely, that if your predictions fail then your theory is universally acknowledged as false.

The one prediction Mr. Leakey has made is that the debate will soon be over.  If I were a betting man, which I ain’t, I’d put some considerable dinero on that prediction failing.

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