Sticker Shock at Instapundit

Jonathan Witt

Instapundit is featuring a joke equating the Cobb County evolution sticker with belief in a flat earth.
Glenn Reynolds doesn’t fit neatly into the Republican or Democrat camp. For that reason I’m optimistic he will soon move past the simplistic binary opposition of idiot-Darwinism-doubters-who-only-grudgingly-concede-the-earth-is-round vs. enlightened-secularists-who-understand-that-Darwinism-is-a-given-and-doesn’t-threaten-religion.
A first step would be to read this short piece by philosopher of science Stephen Meyer. There, Reynolds would learn that only a certain kind of evolution is certain, namely, change within a species (microevolution). But Darwinists use a bait and switch tactic; they give examples of microevolution, then improperly use that to stand in as evidence for macroevolution.
Microevolution is a fact, but the scientific controversies concerning macroevolution, specifically the notion that a single cell evolved into all of the species around us. There are deep-seated problems with that theory, problems noted in the mainstream scientific literature.
Discovery Institute colleague Keith Pennock comments: “Reynolds’ derision is ironic in light of his skepticism about the impact of global warming. Intelligent design, like global warming, is an issue about which scientists disagree, the preponderance of whom have a view that Reynolds thinks is politically motivated. So I find it odd that Reynolds gave global warming doubters a fair hearing (who question the vast bulk of the scientific “mainstream”) but has yet to do the same for ID.”

Jonathan Witt

Executive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Jonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a senior fellow and senior project manager with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His latest book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design (DI Press, 2018) written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has also authored co-authored Intelligent Design Uncensored, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors.

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