Darwinism Proved. Now Go Back to Sleep.
It’s an opportunity for a new convert to announce her initiation into the cult, that’s all.
A press release from a prestigious university is a little more bold than usual. It says a Darwin theory has been “proved.” What’s going on?
One of Darwin’s evolution theories finally proved by Cambridge researcher (Univ. of Cambridge). It’s just one of Darwin’s theories, not the whole shebang. But “Stuff Happens” all comes out in the wash.
“We found the evolutionary relationship between mammalian species and subspecies differs depending on their habitat.”
Scientists have proved one of Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution for the first time – nearly 140 years after his death.
Wow; this must be awesome!
Laura van Holstein, a PhD student in Biological Anthropology at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, and lead author of the research published today (March 18) in [sic] Proceedings of the Royal Society, discovered mammal subspecies play a more important role in evolution than previously thought….
The anthropologist confirmed Darwin’s hypothesis by looking at data gathered by naturalists over hundreds of years – long before Darwin famously visited the Galapagos Islands on-board HMS Beagle. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, was first published in 1859 after Darwin returned home from a five-year voyage of discovery. In the seminal book, Darwin argued that organisms gradually evolved through a process called ‘natural selection’ – often known as survival of the fittest. His pioneering work was considered highly controversial because it contradicted the Bible’s account of creation.
Is that all? Read no more. It’s another Darwin worship service. Boring. Go back to sleep.
Funny that they never give the rest of the title of Darwin’s ode, “…and the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.” It might sound racist or something.
Some corrections are needed for the above paragraph:
- Gradualism has been debunked in most cases since Darwin. Explosive abrupt appearance is the norm.
- Natural selection is not a process. It is the Stuff Happens Law.
- Survival of the fittest is a tautology. Fitness is defined in terms of survival, and vice versa.
- Survival of the fittest gave birth to eugenics and Social Darwinism.
- Darwin was not a pioneer. His grandfather Erasmus, and Lamarck, speculated on how Stuff Happens before Darwin did. So did Lucretius and Democritus thousands of years ago.
- Darwinism was controversial in 1859 because it is vacuous. It was primarily other scientists who criticized natural selection.
So what did Laura have to do to earn her elevation into the Church of Darwin?
[Laura] van Holstein said: “We found the evolutionary relationship between mammalian species and subspecies differs depending on their habitat. Subspecies form, diversify and increase in number in a different way in non-terrestrial and terrestrial habitats, and this in turn affects how subspecies may eventually become species. For example, if a natural barrier like a mountain range gets in the way, it can separate animal groups and send them off on their own evolutionary journeys. Flying and marine mammals – such as bats and dolphins – have fewer physical barriers in their environment.”
Wait; anthropology is about people; it’s people-ology. What does that have to do with bats and dolphins?
The research explored whether subspecies could be considered an early stage of speciation – the formation of a new species. van Holstein said: “The answer was yes. But evolution isn’t determined by the same factors in all groups and for the first time we know why because we’ve looked at the strength of the relationship between species richness and subspecies richness.”
That’s it? Stuff Happens differently in different mammals? Wow, how novel! Darwin theory proved!
To make the story more convincing, the press release tosses in some environmentalism. Now that Darwinism is proved, we have to stop logging and deforestation. It might hurt the dolphins.
The brazen advocacy of the Darwin Council of Cardinals shows what happens when secular religion controls science. This award for Laura is so nothing-nothing. It’s just a continuation of the debate between sympatric and allopatric speciation – you know, the long-standing argument about whether Stuff Happens within the same habitat or whether Stuff Happens within different habitats. Nobody gets to critique this stupid press release. It just gets propagated throughout the internet mindlessly by robotic science sites (12 March 2020), especially since it says “Darwin’s evolution… finally proved.”
Congratulations, Laura. You’ll have a long and secure career.