Re: Fw: An exchange regarding "recapitulation"!
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Date: Friday, April 3, 2009 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: Is Evolution a Religious Belief #2
--- In coCBanned@yahoogroups.com, "Terry W. Benton" <terrywbenton@...> wrote:
> q.. Ashley Montagu, "The theory of
> recapitulation was destroyed in 1921
> by Professor Walter Garstang in a
> famous paper. Since then no
> respectable biologist has ever used
> the theory of recapitulation, because
> it was utterly unsound, created by a
> Nazi-like preacher named Haeckel."
> Montague-Gish Prinston Debate,
There is no "Montague-Gish Prinston Debate".
There was, however, a debate between Ashley Montagu and Duane Gish
at Princeton University.
Cretinists are offal spelers.
But speaking of quote-mining, here's one for you:
| Regarding the recent action brought by the creationists in
| California and the judge's order that the state distribute
| more copies of a statement of long-standing policy that
| evolution should not be taught as dogmatic, irrefutable fact
| but rather as a scientific theory, the truth is that evolution
| is an unrefuted fact. There are theories concerning the exact
| mechanisms of evolution, but concerning evolution there no
| longer can be any doubt as to its reality.
| The method of science is falsification, the attempts to
| disprove by every possible means the theory which appears to
| explain the fact. If the attempt fails, the scientist knows
| that he has something and proceeds to set up experiments to
| further test the theory. When the results support the theory,
| they are published so that other scientists can check them.
| When the findings are verified, we have "irrefutable" proof
| of the accuracy of the theory. In that sense, truth for a
| scientist means the highest degree of probability attached to
| a particular judgment.
| In that same sense, because we have innumerable evidences of
| the reality of evolution, both of a premeditated and
| unpremeditated (natural) experimental kind, evolution is no
| longer a theory but one of the best authenticated facts within
| the whole realm of science. The fact of evolution is beyond
| Theories as to the exact mechanisms of evolution are (happily)
| alive and being debated -- such debate constitutes the lifeblood
| of science, not evidence of disagreement as to the fact of
| evolution. The scientist believes in proof without certainty;
| some other people believe in certainty without proof.
| Not all things can be proven; evolution can. Creation myths
| are just that: myths. As such, they are the legitimate study
| of anthropologists and folklorists. If some people choose to
| believe them to be truths, they are free to do so.
Dr. Ashley Montagu, 1981
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