Food for thought #5

For over forty years I have had numerous discussions both within and without the science community concerning the origin of life and the origin of species. Practically all of the hundreds of scientists I know admit in private, confidential discussions that science does not have a clue where genetic language, proteins, cell membranes, metabolic pathways, cell control systems, and the basic body plans of organisms came from, just as Franklin Harold admitted in The Way of the Cell. In spite of that, their only acceptable creation story is materialistic evolution. “A key symptom of ideological thinking is the explanation that… cannot be tested,” says Stanford University physicist and Nobel laureate professor Robert B. Laughlin. He calls “such logical dead ends antitheories” and says that “evolution by natural selection… has lately come to function more as an antitheory, called upon to cover up embarrassing experimental shortcomings and legitimize findings that are at best questionable and at worst not even wrong.”6
Methodological materialism poses as “the scientific method”—empirical, neutral, disinterested. But this isn’t the case. It is not a neutral way to observe the world. It dogmatically limits possible answers. The possibility that life has been designed is deemed out of the question. In 1999, S. C. Todd put it plainly in the journal Nature: “Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such an hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic.”7

Robert B. Laughlin, A Different Universe (New York: Basic Books, 2005), 168–169. Laughlin’s use of the phrase“ not even wrong” echoes theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli’s use of the term, which has passed into common usage in science writing to refer to a theory so speculative and muddled that one cannot rigorously examine or test it.

Scott C. Todd, “A View from Kansas on that Evolution Debate,” correspondence to Nature 401 (September 30, 1999): 423, doi:10.1038/46661.
Quoted in HERETIC; ONE SCIENTIST’S JOURNEY FROM DARWIN TO DESIGN, by Matti Leisola and Jonathan Witt

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