My brother Bryan (VERY smart) insisted that if you had billions of falcons over millions of years, nature was so prolific that all you would actually need was the occasional copying error.
Not only would you get falcons…. you would get better and better falcons!
Mutations would inevitably happen. Vision would improve. Wings would improve, navigation improve.
He said you wouldn’t just get falcons. You’d get other species of birds too, and eventually, other completely different creatures.
Evolution, in other word, could practically happen by accident. Certainly there was no guiding force involved.
Was this true?
Cuz when I looked at the hand at the end of my arm, I saw one superb piece of engineering. Being an engineer, I connected the dots a certain way. There must be some Engineer somewhere, with a capital “E”, who had somehow made this happen.
But if evolution could happen by accident – by random copying errors and such – my world was about to change.
Maybe, just maybe, I was about to start taking atheism real seriously.
So I started researching.
What do you do? A Google search, naturally. And Amazon.
You start buying books and reading websites.
I can’t remember ever feeling more like I was drinking from a firehose. People were FORCING THEIR OPINIONS DOWN MY THROAT. And man did they ever have opinions:
“Evolution is the most validated theory ever in the history of science because it is supported by every single discipline, from mathematics to medicine to biology to physics…”
“Evolution is a lie devised by Satan to deceive the hearts and minds of wicked people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
“Anybody who doesn’t believe in evolution is a fool, or worse. Our shameful lack of belief in evolution is a testament to the abysmal quality of American public education. Hard working science teachers are hamstrung by school boards and religious zealots who wield fear and intimidation to hold the democratic process hostage.”
“No scientific theory is more fraught with problems, controversies, unanswered questions, frauds and failures than Darwin’s theory of evolution.”
OK, OK. So now I gotta get past all of these OPINIONS and get down to some actual facts.
“Is it possible to PROVE that evolution works? In an actual lab? Or do you just have to trust anecdotal evidence? Is evolution just people arranging fossils on a big table so as to craft a certain kind of story? Or can you demonstrate it?
What about the math? What are the CHANCES that evolution can occur… since it occurs by chance?
More in Part 3.