“Follow the evidence wherever it leads.” It’s almost the official rallying cry of intelligent design proponents.
“Evolution” in its deepest sense is a foundational metaphysical commitment, not a scientific theory that one could test.
Whether the subject is evolution or climate change, the purpose of accusing someone of “science-denial” is to keep that person in line.
As I asked in a previous post: Why is Alfred Russel Wallace today a comparatively little known figure next to Darwin?
Mayr worked tirelessly to establish a synthesis bearing the unmistakable stamp of positivism.