Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Podcast: Chemist Charles Garner on Chemical Evolution

On this ID the Future podcast, Chemistry Professor Charles Garner from Baylor University testifies before the Texas State Board of Education about the need to teach students about both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of evolution. Dr. Garner specifically focuses on chemical evolution, emphasizing some of the scientific weaknesses in theories of a natural chemical origin of life, and encourages that evidence to be taught in Texas science classrooms. Click here to listen.

One big problem with "chemical evolution" is this: It not only assumes that Darwinian evolution is a creative force but that it can work prior to the existence of life forms. Darwin himself never claimed that, incidentally. He offered to explain the Origin of Species, not the Origin of Life.

If chemical evolution were true, we should expect to see much more unusual chemistry around us than we apparently do. So claims about chemical evolution are claims intended to support ... what, exactly? A naturalist worldview as opposed to a theist one? That should not, of course, be funded by the taxpayer.

If people want to do that, let them find their own audience and do it on their own time, and their own dime.