* RSR Presents Dobzhansky 40 Years Later: Real Science Radio hosts Bob Enyart and Fred Williams discuss a paper in the latest journal edition of the Creation Research Society Quarterly. Forty years ago the scientist credited with developing the reigning paradigm of neo-Darwinism, Theodosius Dobzhansky, published his iconic article with the famed title, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution. The decades since have seen his three predictions fail: regarding genetics; the role evolution would play in biological science; and, of all things, a prediction about one particular Arab sheik whom Dobzhansky identified by name!
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- Dobzhansky -- Forty Years Later Nothing Makes Sense
In fact, over the last 100 years, almost all of biology has proceeded independent of evolution, except evolutionary biology itself. Molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, have not taken evolution into account at all.
While the great majority 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.
* A U.S. National Academy of Sciences Member Agrees: The late Dr. Philip Skell has remarked that biology papers typically include an obligatory evolutionary gloss that adds nothing to and has nothing to do with the actual published research. See another of this scientist's observations made when the Discovery Institute's Casey Luskin interviewed Skell, and as reported in Enyart's Dobzhansky paper:
Just as the Marxists spent decades inventing economic interpretations of everything, so too evolutionists endeavor to create Darwinian explanations for everything (Prager, 2012), except for Darwinism itself, which explanation would be survival of the politically correct. Ignoring Darwinian narratives of alleged deep time and considering instead actual biological discoveries, such as those that earn Nobel Prizes, evolution is surprisingly irrelevant according to dozens of the world’s leading scientists, as assessed by a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.
Philip Skell reports that he “asked more than 70 eminent researchers if they would have done their work differently if they had thought Darwin’s theory was wrong. The responses were all the same: No” (Skell, 2005, p. 10). Decades worth of Nobel Prizes awarded for discoveries in the life sciences falsify Dobzhansky’s third and key expectation, that nothing in biology would make sense apart from evolution. Those awards track worldwide progress in biology and therefore should be able to catalog amazing evolution-based discoveries. However, the late Pennsylvania State University professor Dr. Skell summed up the actual history of the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine. I decided to explore this further by examining the 100 Nobel Prizes in biology-related areas over the last century. And I could not find among them any that had been awarded the Nobel Prize for their breakthrough discoveries that I could recognize depended upon Darwinian concepts to design the experimental work on which their discoveries were based. … So here again, the Darwinian theory did not provide the guidance that was necessary for those great breakthrough discoveries (ID the Future, 2007).
* Urban Myth Dobzhansky Testimony: Rumor has it that in 1981 Theodosius testified to Congress, six years after he died in 1975. RSR tracked down the actual source of his quote about the biological beginning of human life. (You can also find this at AmericanRTL.org/beginning.) But a quarter century earlier, and a decade before Mississippi became the first of 19 states decriminalizing abortion prior to the Roe v. Wade opinion, Dobzhansky wrote something as overtly obvious as it would eventually become politically incorrect:
"A human being begins his existence when a spermatozoon fertilizes an egg cell (Figure 1.4)."
1955 [not 1965 as elsewhere reported], Evolution, genetics, and man, p. 10
Various sources, including a book by John Ankerberg, present various errors when sourcing this quote. However, it may very well may have been read into the congressional record back in April 1981!
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