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Theory of Evolution? Call It a “Narrative” Instead


The whole business about “fake news” misses a point that’s relevant to considering how questions of biological origins are handled in professional science literature. Nate Silver edits the political site FiveThirtyEight, but the political context of his remark is irrelevant. He tweets:

My read as a science consumer is that as in politics, so too in science. Couldn’t, in other words, much the same be said of the conclusions of many a peer-reviewed article on evolution? I asked Biologic Institute’s Doug Axe, author of Undeniable.

The theory of evolution by natural selection operating on random mutations, as a sweeping explanation for life and how it got there, is a “narrative.” It presents a very smooth story, persuasive to most scientists. The facts may all be true, but the conclusion: BS.

Photo: Smooth-billed ani, by Charlesjsharp (Own work, Sharp Photography) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

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