ICONS OF EVOLUTION by Jonathan Wells

by JF

The author examines the vaunted “10 Commandments” of Darwinism which he refers to as the “Icons of Evolution,” hence the title of the book. We all know them:

1. The Miller/Urey Experiment: a laboratory flask containing a simulation of the earth’s primitive atmosphere, in which electric sparks produce the chemical building-blocks of living cells;
2. The Evolutionary Tree of Life: reconstructed from a large and growing body of fossil and molecular evidence;
3. Homological Similarities in Anatomy: similar bone structures in a bat’s wing, a porpoise’s flipper, a horse’s leg, and a human hand that indicate their evolutionary origin in a common ancestor;
4. “Ontology Recapitulates Phylogeny”: pictures of similarities in early embryos showing that amphibians, reptiles, birds and human beings are all descended from a fish-like animal;
5. Archaeopteryx: a fossil bird with teeth in its jaws and claws on its wings, the missing link between ancient reptiles and modern birds;
6. Peppered Moths on Tree Trunks: showing how camouflage and predatory birds produced the most famous example of evolution by natural selection;
7. Darwin’s Finches on the Galapagos Islands: thirteen separate species that diverged from one when natural selection produced differences in their beaks, and that inspired Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution;
8. Fruit Flies with Extra Wings: showing that genetic mutations can provide the raw materials for evolution;
9. Little Horse, Big Horse: a branching-tree pattern of horse fossils that refutes the old-fashioned idea that evolution was directed; and
10. Monkey, Ape, Caveman, Man: drawings of ape-like creatures evolving into humans, showing that we are just animals and that our existence is merely a by-product of purposeless natural causes.
The author destroys every one of these, exposing them as myths, using science, logic, and the facts.
Another scholarly knout for whipping the dead horse that is Darwinism and quite an entertaining read.

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11/2009

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