“Stephen Jay Gould” Website — A Pox on Both Your Houses
|September 23, 2005||Posted by William Dembski under Evolution, Intelligent Design|
The purpose of this website is to urgently organize opposition to the forces of creationism and intelligent design by providing sound scientific refutation to the argument that God is the only alternative to random evolution.
The organized opposition to creationism, the NCSE, uses the argument that natural selection, or Darwinism can explain evolution. But the Discovery Institute lists 400 scientists who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe that complex life occurred by random events. They may well be able to convince any god-fearing jury in the many upcoming Scopes trials.
Stephen Jay Gould believed that natural selection was not the primary cause of evolution. His masterpiece Ontogeny and Phylogeny(1977) is the bible of non-darwinian evolutionary theory. It is required reading for those who would be interlocutor of evolution. Punctuated Equilibrium is also anti-selectionist in its implication that novel forms arose quickly. His final book is a polite renunciation of natural selection as the cause of evolutionary change.
The Darwin fundamentalist believes that the natural selection of random mutants is the mechanism by which a single cell developed into the complex Cambrian animal phyla in just a few million years, half a billion year ago. The principle of Survival of the Fittest has left Richard Dawkins possibly the sole surviving spokesman for this belief.
A curious feature of this site is that it takes Discovery Institute’s list of 400 dissenters from Darwinism and affixes their names to a statement that they didn’t sign (compare here for the original statement to here for the doctored statement on the SJG site).