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The Incorrigible Dr. Berlinski

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The producers of the critically acclaimed documentary "Icons of Evolution" recently sat down for an interview with Dr. Berlinski. The interview was a lucid and entertaining critique of Darwinian evolution and addressed the following topics and questions:

  • Unanswered questions
  • Head scratching mathematicians
  • What is evolution and why does it remain controversial?
  • Life sent from outer space?
  • Dogs stay dogs ? bacteria stay bugs
  • Finch beaks and nutty journalists
  • Transitional sequences
  • You lead a cow to water?
  • Is similarity in structure among animals, or "homology," evidence for evolution from a common ancestor?
  • Good, good, good, good mutations
  • Sheer dumb luck
  • Can Don Quixote evolve into War and Peace?
  • Self critical science?and other myths
  • A rebel without a clue
  • Going 98 in a school zone
  • Power corrupts, but absolute power is kinda neat though
  • Amusing anecdotes or Marxist conspiracy?
  • "Progress might have been alright once, but it has gone on too long." -- Ogden Nash Profound ignorance
  • "Freedom of the press is limited to those who have one." -- H.L. Menchen
  • Regnant priests of a powerful orthodoxy
  • "Never let school interfere with your education." -- Mark Twain
  • Let's win one for the Gipper!

Here are just a few of his amazing statements in this interview:

"The claim that all skeptics of Darwinian orthodoxy are Christian Fundamentalists stands refuted by me. I'm neither a Christian nor a Fundamentalist. But lots and lots of people are skeptical in the scientific community."

"The interesting argument about the whale, which is a mammal after all, is that if its origins where land-based originally, what do you have to do from an engineering point of view to change a cow into a whale?...Virtually every feature of the cow has to change, has to be adapted. Since we know that life on earth and life in the water are fundamentally different enterprises, we have some sense of the number of changes. I stopped at 50,000, that is morphological changes, and don't think that these changes are independent. What's interesting about the cow to whale transition is that you can see that a different environment is going to impose severe design constraints on a possible evolutionary sequence?and what does this suggest about what we should see in the fossil record?

"Let's portray Darwinian evolution for what it really is--a collection of 19th century anecdotes that are utterly anything like we see in the serious sciences. That would be my favorite position--yes biologist do agree that this is the correct position for the origin and diversification of life, but here are some points you should consider as well:

  • the theory doesn?t have any substance
  • it's preposterous
  • it's not supported by the evidence
  • the fact that the biologist are in uniform agreement about this issue could as well be explained by some solid Marxist interpretation of their economic interest..

That would satisfy me. It's not asking for much is it?"

Some will find him persuasive, others simply inflammatory. Perhaps the best way to describe him would be from one of the nation's leading advocates of "Darwin-only Education" She called him 'incorrigible.'

About Dr. David Berlinski
David Berlinski was raised in New York City, educated at Columbia College and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. He later became a Fellow of the Faculty in Mathematics and a Post Doctoral Fellow in molecular biology at Columbia University. He has taught philosophy, mathematics, and English at Stanford, Rutgers, Columbia, the Universite de Paris at Jussieu, the University of Puget Sound, the University of Santa Clara, San Jose State University and San Francisco State University.

He has been a fellow at both the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques. He is the author of works on systems analysis, differential topology, theoretical biology, analytic philosophy, and the philosophy of mathematics, as well as the author of A Tour of the Calculus, The Advent of the Algorithm, and Newton's Gift. Berlinski is currently a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute.

Running time: 55 Minutes


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