The DI is crowing that their next update to the “Dissent from Darwinism” list will feature 600 PhD’s. They highlight a letter sent by William Hart, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (they omit the visiting piece, I wonder why?). In any case, Hart says:
I am a PhD mathematician who has recently (in the last couple of years) examined carefully the claim that the neo-Darwinian synthesis adequately accounts for the variety of life on earth. I have read countless texts on geology, biology (and cosmology) in a multitude of sub-disciplines and can honestly affirm that I am skeptical that the evidence points toward anything like mutation plus natural selection as being the cause of the variety of life that we see both today and in the fossil record.
You know what? I don’t bloody well care what a guy who works on “Iwasawa Theory, The Stark Conjectures, (Hilbert) Modular Forms, Algebraic Number Theory, Algebraic K-theory, [and] Computational Algebraic Number Theory” has to say about evolution, and I don’t expect he would care about what I would say about his area of expertise. Hart is a mathematican, not a scientist, and certainly not anyone with any relevent training and experience in the life sciences.