BIPED: The Website of Darwinian Dissent
This website has no religious leanings. It has been created as a resource to collect various writings of Darwinian Dissent and to link to similar sites to share information. The projected aims of this website - to be collectively fulfilled by any who want to be involved - are the following:
1. To teach what evolution is and what it isn't. To assist those interested in gaining an understanding of Darwinian evolution and, more specifically, to teach them to distinguish between what Darwin proposed as the science behind the evolution of forms, and what his followers, so-called neo-Darwinists, have misinterpreted in popular writings as Darwin's thesis. Read the articles and you will learn.
2. And you thought there was only Darwin vs. God? To show that there are valid scientific alternatives to Darwinian evolution other than "creation," although we are not particularly opposed to that term ("if it walks like a duck"). Among other alternatives, variations and meldings of "creationism" and "evolution" that will be introduced, along with the proponents of these theories, are the following: Intelligent Design Theory, Gaia Hypothesis, Theory of Formative Causation, Vitalism, Astrogenesis, Panspermia, Ballistic Panspermia, Information Theory, Systems Theory, Extraterrestrial Seeding, Genetic Manipulation and some crossing, blending or borrowing between these theories.
3. The Catastrophic pre-history of Earth To look at the facts of Catastrophism (which Darwinists avoid because it messes up their peaceful little world as it is evolving) as a system of cyclic destruction and creation of life forms on Earth. We will discuss the bearing this has on Darwinian evolution, as many scientists come forth to admit the universe, the cellular world and the fossil record all implicate intelligent design.
These statements about Darwinian theory may surprise you:
Evolution is a Rag Hypothesis.
I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science... It is a mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaw[s] and holes as sound parts. - Charles Darwin to Asa Gray
Evolution doesn't explain the origin of species.
Darwin did not really explain the origin of new species in The Origin of Species, because he didn't know how to define species. The Origin was in fact concerned mostly with how a single species might change in time, not how one species might proliferate into many. - Douglas Futuyma
Evolution is Defective.
The theory of evolution suffers from grave defects, which are more and more apparent as time advances. It can no longer square with practical scientific knowledge. - Dr A. Fleishmann, Zoologist
Evolution is Pure Fantasy.
In the years after Darwin, his advocates hoped to find predictable progressions. In general, these have not been found. Yet, the optimism has died hard and some pure fantasy has crept into textbooks. - David M. Raup, Geologist
Evolution is based on Ideology.
There is no evidence for a primeval soupů The belief that life on earth arose spontaneously from non-living matter is simply a matter of faith in strict reductionism and is based entirely on ideology. - Hubert Yockey, Information Theory
Evolution is Vague.
The fact that a theory so vague, so insufficiently verifiable, and so far from the criteria otherwise applied in 'hard' science has become a dogma can only be explained on sociological grounds. - Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Biologist
Evolution is a Gnostic Myth.
The doctrine of evolution has swept the world, not on the strength of its scientific merits, but precisely in its capacity as a Gnostic myth. It affirms, in effect, that living beings created themselves, which is in essence a metaphysical claim... Evolutionism is a metaphysical doctrine decked out in scientific garb. - Wolfgang Smith
Evolution is a Pseudoscience.
Through use and abuse of hidden postulates, of bold, often ill-founded extrapolations, a pseudoscience has been created. It is taking root in the very heart of biology and is leading astray many biochemists and biologists, who sincerely believe that the accuracy of fundamental concepts has been demonstrated, which is not the case. - Pierre Grasse, Zoologist, former Chair of Evolution, Sorbonne University
Evolution without intelligent direction is improbable.
Even if the whole Universe consisted of organic soup... the chance of producing merely the basic enzymes of life by random processes without intelligent direction would be about 1 over a 1 with 40,000 zeros after it; a probability too small to imagine. - Sir Fred Hoyle, Astronomer, Modern Theory of Panspermia
Evolution does not explain consciousness.
The match between our intelligence and the intelligibility of the world is no accident. Nor can it properly be attributed to natural selection, which places a premium on survival and reproduction and has no stake in truth or conscious thought. Indeed, meat-puppet robots are just fine as the output of a Darwinian evolutionary process. - William Dembski, Mathematician, Intelligent Design Theory
Evolution is blind and selfish.
We are survival machines - robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. - Richard Dawkins, Darwinist
Evolution involves Group Mind.
Using morphogenetic fields as the carrier of memory implies no absolute separation between minds. It suggests our identity is dual, like an electron that is both particle and wave. We have aspects that are unique and totally individual, yet at the same time much of our thought and behavior is shaped by, participates in, and helps to create transpersonal morphogenetic fields. Because our brains contain levels (mammalian, reptilian, etc.) that connect us to other species, that group mind includes all life. - Rupert Sheldrake, Biochemist, Theory of Formative Causation
Evolution is a Leak of Vital Force.
The process of evolution can only be described as the gradual insertion of more and more freedom into matter. ... In the amoeba, you might say that the impulse has manufactured a small leak through which free activity could be inserted into the world, and the process of evolution has been the gradual enlargement of this leak. - T.E. Hulme, Poet and Vitalist
Evolution is not Earth-Centered.
The real paradigm shift is to consider that the Universe is a life-producing nursery and that the genesis and evolution of life is not earth-centered but rather is distributed among the stars of the galaxies. - William F. Hamilton, Theory of Astrogenesis
Evolution is Blind Faith.
Evolutionary theory presents one of the most explicit examples of a priori reasoning, and even blind faith, ever seen in a supposedly scientific hypothesis. Books on evolution are full of the prior assumption that evolutionary theory is correct. The facts are then presented to fit the theory. - John Davidson, The Web of Life, Vitalist
Evolution has the Appearance of Being Impossible.
The information complexity in biological entities is very high and the probability of random mutations leading to more highly structured life forms has the appearance of being impossible. - Hubert Yockey, Physicist, Information Theory
Evolution is Not Based in Fact.
In fact the a priori reasoning is so entirely satisfactory to me that if the facts won't fit in, why so much the worse for the facts. - Erasmus Darwin (father of Charles), in a letter to his brother Charles
Evolution is an Approximation.
I teach the synthetic theory known as the neo-Darwinian not because it's good, we know it is bad, but because there isn't any other. Whilst waiting to find something better you are taught something which is known to be inexact, which is a first approximation. - Professor Jerome Lejeune
Evolution is not Arguable.
In China its OK to criticize Darwin but not the government, in the United States its OK to criticize the government, but not Darwin. - Dr. J.Y. Chen, Chinese Paleontologist
Evolution is Embarrassing.
I have learned from my own embarrassing experience how easy it is to concoct remarkably persuasive Darwinian explanations that evaporate on closer inspection. - Daniel Dennett, Philosopher and Darwinist
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