Quote: Evolutionary Consensus

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”Evolutionary change occurs on different scales: 'microevolution' is generally equated with events at or below the species level whereas 'macroevolution' is change above the species level, including the formation of species. A long-standing issue in evolutionary biology is whether the processes observable in extant populations and species (microevolution) are sufficient to account for the larger-scale changes evident over longer periods of life's history (macroevolution). Outsiders to this rich literature may be surprised that there is no consensus on this issue, and that strong viewpoints are held at both ends of the spectrum, with many undecided."
Sean B. Carroll, geneticist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nature, vol. 409, p669, 8 February 2001

Editorial Comment: The reason there is no consensus on this issue, even amongst evolutionists, is because "processes observable in extant (living) populations and species" such as Natural selection, mutation and the struggle for life, may result in real changes such as variation and degeneration within kinds, and loss of some kinds. But since such changes have never been observed to make one kind change into another, they cannot be labelled evolution.

The “Larger-scale changes evident over longer periods of life's history” referred to by Sean Carroll above, are based on interpreting the fossil record using evolution as an apriori assumption. Hence they are only evident in the minds of evolutionists. The real observation is that different kinds of creatures are buried in the fossil record. In spite of the dogmatic enthusiastic assertions by Dawkins, Attenborough, etc. evolution is a belief held by faith, not an observable fact. (Ref. philosophy, world view, scientific method)
(Thanks to Prof. Ed Neeland for sending us this quote)

Evidence News 22 September 2010

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