The DI’s famous list of “dissenting scientists” who “doubt Darwin” has gone over 500 names and they are crowing. Their press release is reprinted almost word for word in the Worldnutdaily and they’ve even launched a website about this list called dissentfromdarwin.org. But as I’ve said a thousand times, the statement that they claim shows “dissent” from “Darwinism” is a sham. Here’s the statement that the 500 scientists agreed to:
“We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”
This is “dissent from Darwin”? I’ll go a lot further than that statement. I’m not only skeptical of the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life, I flat out deny that it those two things alone have that ability. The statement ignores several evolutionary mechanisms that are also quite important in explaining biodiversity on earth. Richard Dawkins could agree to that statement, for crying out loud; is he then a “dissenter” from “Darwinism”? This is little more than a straw man.
And even if the statement did indicate actual dissent from evolutionary theory, of what use other than rhetorical is a list of “scientists”? Why not scientists in relevant fields of study? How many biologists, geneticists or anthropologists are on that list? Very few. Lots of engineers of various types, a few chemists, but if you narrowed it down to those in actual relevant fields the number would be much smaller.