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Zombie Science: Jonathan Wells on Convergence Versus Common Ancestry

David Klinghoffer
Zombie Science

This in a recent news item at Science Daily surprised me: “Convergent evolution is one of the fundamental predictions of evolutionary theory.” Oh, really?

They report, “James Cook University scientists have found evidence that even distantly related Australian fish species have evolved to look and act like each other, which confirms a central tenet of evolutionary theory.”

So, evolutionists say convergence confirms evolution? On the contrary, as biologist Jonathan Wells observes in a new video conversation, convergence is a major problem for Darwinian theory. Darwin thought that “the only known cause of similarity is genealogy,” so that similarity not stemming from genealogy – i.e., convergence – is just what evolutionary theory should not expect.

Or so you would think. But Dr. Wells, the author of Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution, points out that evolution has a way of turning out to predict…well, whatever is found. “In effect,” he says, “similarity is evidence for common ancestry except when it isn’t.”

Darwinism is quite a theory. Everything and anything confirms it. However, says Wells, “A theory that explains everything really explains nothing.”

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.

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