I have to admit that my sister, God bless her, has convinced me through her persistent art of persuasion not to outright dismiss evolution. While this still holds true, I believe evolution has to be critically examined, especially when it has become the foundation for much of our social policy.
The following are selections from S. Adam Seagrave’s article, Evolution and the Eye Test which makes a good a case for why evolution needs to be critically examined. One of those reasons states Seagrave is that one of Darwin’s underlying premises in The Origin of Species was that observation and common sense be suspended while theory, a limited view of reality, be allowed to prevail.
“While our senses might not be infallible, there is little to think they are outright deceptive. And while we shouldn’t reject evolutionary theory because it contradicts our ordinary sensory experience of the world, we should be wary of committing the opposite mistake [accepting all points of evolution despite their contradictions to our ordinary sensory experiences]….Regardless of whether Darwin is right [about natural selection], the fact remains we clearly see fixed and distinct species existing in ordered hierarchical beauty, not the fluid and formless continuity his theory depicts. As far as we know from direct observation and recorded history, trees seem to have always been trees, starfish to have always been starfish, squirrels to have always been squirrels, and human beings to have always been human beings. Species appear to have fixed and ordered relationships with one another and to fit together in a rational way, and not lie on a disorganized continuum….”
To me, the actual observation of evolution occurring is probably the theory’s biggest shortcomings. There has been no actual observation of evolution occurring in the past or present. What I am saying is no one has ever seen one species evolve into another species or a higher species.
Apparently, evolution is something that happens collectively to a species and not individually and it takes forever to happen. If that were not the case, I would imagine we would see within species some individuals being more evolved than others–we should see some chimpanzees or monkeys more upright than others. Possibly, we’d some developing more sophisticated tools than others. Or, others with more developed and sophisticated speech and reasoning than others. Despite this lack of observation, its is a must that we take it on faith that sometime in the distant future, maybe millions or billions of years away from now, that collectively all chimps or monkeys will be more like us or even fully human. In that day, when they do evolve, we are expected to believe they will be building up their own suburban neighborhoods, sipping Pinot Noir, reading Shakespeare, and democratically electing their own leaders. I know I am not the smartest monkey of the bunch, but it all seems a little too implausible given what I’ve been able to observe about evolution so far. I am not even sure if chimps or monkey buy into it either.