Evolution: A Mistake on Its Own Terms

Though the opponents of Darwinism technically won the famed Scopes Trial of 1925, that event is generally regarded as a decisive triumph for the theory of evolution. After Clarence Darrow had exposed the educational and philosophical deficiencies of the Tennessee anti-Darwinians to a national audience, never again would it be intellectually respectable in America to oppose evolution.  The "Scopes II" Trial in Arkansas three years ago only enhanced evolution's intellectual status. Yet to anyone who takes evolution seriously, it may now appear that, on its own terms, the theory is a mistake.

For evolutionists, all adaptations of behavior, form, and even thought must be judged only on the basis of how well such adaptations assist those organisms possessing them to survive and propagate. By this standard, adherence to the theory of evolution is now suspect as a bad adaptation: those groups most likely to believe in evolution—the elite, well-educated, agnostic, and well-off—are precisely those reproducing themselves most slowly. In contrast, those groups least likely to accept evolution—the poorly educated, religious, and socially marginal—are passing on their genes at a much faster rate.

This is especially puzzling because evolutionists control economic and social advantages that should make reproduction much easier: they...

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