Slaphappy Darwin Day
Darwin’s 215th birthday is celebrated
with giddy worship lubricated
with copious libations of Darwine
What other scientist gets a holiday for his birthday? We don’t celebrate Newton Day, or Einstein Day or Pasteur Day, but Darwin Day gets international recognition every February 12th. Some scientists have their their works available online, but the Darwin Correspondence Project published every letter, book and note penned by Charles Darwin. The Darwin-online website contains all his works, many not only in digitized text but some in manuscript form, along with the “Beagle Library & Itinerary, Specimens, Reviews, Obituaries, Recollections, Intros, Photographs of Darwin” and even the diaries of his wife Emma, who was no scientist. Darwin’s Down House is a tourist attraction near London, where even when Charley was still alive, visitors would come in worshipful awe.
Why all the attention showered on the father of evolutionary theory? The answer is due to the religious nature of his views. As Richard Dawkins said, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fool-filled atheist.
The digital cathedral to King Charley is not done. Indonesia is a long way from London, but magi from the east have brought their gifts to worship the Bearded Buddha and hang ornaments on his tree of life.
The Complete Library of Charles Darwin revealed for the first time (National University of Singapore, 12 Feb 2024). For Darwin’s 215th birthday, evolutionary researchers at the University of Singapore are adding the complete library of books owned by Darwin to the online Darwin collection of relics. Notice the homage with which this press release begins:
Charles Darwin – arguably the most influential man of science in history, accumulated a vast personal library throughout his working life. Until now, 85 per cent of its contents were unknown or unpublished.
This year, coinciding with Darwin’s 215th birthday, The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online, the scholarly project helmed by Dr John van Wyhe at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Biological Sciences, has released an online 300-page catalogue detailing Darwin’s complete personal library, with 7,400 titles across 13,000 volumes and items including books, pamphlets and journals. Previous lists only had 15 per cent of his whole collection. Darwin’s library has also been virtually re-assembled with 9,300 links to copies of the works freely available online.
“This unprecedentedly detailed view of Darwin’s complete library allows one to appreciate more than ever that he was not an isolated figure working alone but an expert of his time building on the sophisticated science and studies and other knowledge of thousands of people. Indeed, the size and range of works in the library makes manifest the extraordinary extent of Darwin’s research into the work of others,” said Dr van Wyhe.
These are remarkable honors bestowed on a man whose only college degree was in theology.
Compare this statement of homage with a new book, out today, by Robert Shedinger, a professor of religion (see Evolution News). Shedinger studied Darwin’s personal letters from 1859 to 1863 (some little known). He also studied the manuscript of Darwin’s unpublished “big book” on evolution (75% complete), of which The Origin was billed as just an “abstract.” Why did Darwin give up on the big book, which was supposed to provide all the evidence for natural selection promised in Origin of Species? Shedinger concludes that Darwin couldn’t deliver the needed evidence that natural selection was able to provide all the design of life enough to convince the critics (which were many), so he turned aside to the study of orchids. His project turned into one big bluff that relied on his promise that the evidence would turn up in futureware. Celebrants fell for this bluffing act, and ever since Darwin was coronated as the Patron Saint of Storytellers, biology has consisted of snipe hunts for the missing evidence.
Darwin’s Science Experience
Darwin was a very ardent collector of specimens and artifacts. His inquisitiveness into the nature of barnacles, pigeons and other creatures was admirable, but often he was looking for bits and pieces of evidence to support his doctrine of Natural Selection. The Origin of Species is filled with appeals to these bits and pieces, collected personally and through correspondence with his friends, as tentative supports for selection theory. Darwin was driven to build up Natural Selection with what he thought could be construed as a large selection of props.
The disciples of Darwin were keen on inculcating his doctrine into young minds. Especially before and after the Scopes Trial, textbooks became saturated with evolutionary teachings, which bled into racism and eugenics (see Jerry Bergman’s new book).
Selectionism as a Religious Dogma
This doctrine, which could be called the religion of Selectionism, has been extended by his disciples to everything and anything outside of biology, including the multiverse. We live in a finely-tuned universe out of an unobservable infinitude of universes because it was “selected” for habitability, according to some cosmologists enamored with Darwin’s impersonal Person.
Like the Fates of old, the mystical, impersonal Selector of Darwin’s religion picks and chooses what survives. Lee Cronin incorporated this magical Force into his doctrine of Assembly Theory. Selection, according to Cronin, is “the force that produces our stars.” Universes were selected. Stars and galaxies were selected. Habitable planets were selected. Molecules were selected. Cells were selected. Species were selected. Everything was selected. By whom? By the invisible hand of the Selector, the deity of the Darwinians. What is the proof they were selected? Easy. They survived, didn’t they?
The religious nature of Selectionism became clear in the recent debate between evolutionist Lee Cronin and Christian chemist James Tour on the origin of life. Selection should be considered illogical before life exists, since it requires inheritance of genetic information (read this), but In a panel discussing the debate, Intelligent Design supporter Dr Brian Miller observed,
What a lot of origin-of-life people do is talk about natural selection as a demigod with creative agency. That’s how they rationalize away the evidence for design. (Evolution News, 1 Feb 2024).
This is why we refer to the expansion of Darwin’s doctrine of Selectionism to the origin of life as a return to animism (5 Feb 2024). Today’s secular scientists are more religious than they know. The spirit of Darwin’s Selector is omnipotent, omnipresent and transcendent. And like the Force in Star Wars, it has a light side (positive selection) and a dark side (negative selection). It pervades everything.
Question: why does not Selectionism evolve like everything else in the universe? Shouldn’t it evolve into a different dogma over millions of years? Evolutionists who deny that it can evolve are forced into accepting a universal, non-evolving idea—something supernatural.
May the Farce not bewitch you.