Long-time blog follower “Old Git Tom” poked the beast with this comment:
“It is preposterous to call Darwin’s Natural Selection (NS) theory of bio-evolution ‘successful’. It remains a failed hypothesis.
It was never even a valid scientific one. It is a tautology; it it is self-reinforcing, circular.
The NS merry-go-round goes this way:
1. Fitness determines survival.
2. Survival is proved by all the organisms that exist, or ever did.
3. Therefore, existence proves fitness, & all life-forms prove natural selection’s correctness.
This kind of circular proposition is as unshakably true (and unscientific) as the statement, “I am my mother’s son”.
As such, it is not scientific, since it’s unfalsifiable under ANY experimental test.”
Tom is not disputing the adaptive process evolution itself. Nor is he disputing the activity of Natural Selection. There’s always a few winners and many losers.
What he is saying is that “Evolution Through Natural Selection” is a non-explanation of how evolution actually produces winners.
Saying “Mammals evolved by natural selection” is like saying “The Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl by winning the playoffs.”
That might be a perfectly satisfactory answer to a person who has no interest whatsoever in the minutiae of football games… but no true football enthusiast would be content with it.