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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.

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David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.