Donald Casebolt’s recent letter attacking evolution, among other things, confirms the adage “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.”
Casebolt says he read Dr. Jerry Coyne’s new book “Why Evolution is True,” but all he seems to have come away with are some “perhaps” and “maybe” words. That old confirmation bias just won’t go away. Casebolt totally ignores the wealth of scientific information supporting evolution revealed by Coyne, and just searches for any area where science has yet to confirm an observation.
Jerry Coyne received his doctorate in biology from Harvard University, was a Guggenheim Fellow and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as a biology professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and has published extensively in the field of evolution. Unlike the evolution detractors, he is not on the fringe of this issue.
Casebolt relies on the religious fundamentalist’s reasoning approach known as “God of the Gaps,” wherein any yet to be discovered “link” in the fossil record is offered as proof that God created it all. No scientific evidence is ever offered to support this thesis nor will there be. Science deals in the natural world. Religion deals with the supernatural.
Casbolt’s “God of the Gaps” approach leads him to the dinosaur and, according to him, the lack of precursor fossils. This simply is not true. Precursor fossils of dinosaur have been known for some time but, none had yet been found in the same deposits as dinosaurs.
Just recently, however, as published in Science, Berkley scientists have uncovered evidence of their coexistence in late Triassic rocks in deposits in New Mexico.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the scientific method as “a method or procedure consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulating, testing, and modification of hypothesis.”
Science does not indulge in supernatural wishful thinking. It searches, tests, modifies, falsifies, hypotheses and is hardly ever satisfied. Isn’t that beautiful?
An open mind is a thing to treasure and it sets you free.
Thomas H. Reed