Commentor oleg, on my criticism of Darwinism:
Egnor is not limiting his criticism to a philosophical school of thought, while setting aside a scientific theory. No, he lumps it all together and declares that there is no science of evolution, it's all atheism in disguise. Evolution as a scientific theory, he says, is a tautology.Nope. Evolution is not a tautology, and there is very much a science of evolution.
Do you see that?
It's true that natural selection, as usually invoked by Darwinists, is a tautology.
'Evolution' means three things:
1) Changes in populations over time,
2) The study of changes in populations over time (evolutionary biology)
3) A theory about the causes of changes in populations over time (Darwin's theory).
Changes in populations over time certainly occur. This is a banal definition of evolution.
The study of changes in populations over time is very real science.
The theory about the causes of changes in populations over time (Darwin's theory) asserts, when you strip away the pretentious junk-science and thinly disguised ideology, that life is explained by survival of fitter individuals, whose fitness is defined as their survival.
So what about the study of changes in populations over time-- evolutionary biology?
Evolutionary biology is a field of science. It is large, fascinating, and has contributed much to our understanding of nature. Evolutionary biology is good and important science. It is science in three distinct ways:
1) Evolutionary biology is an historical science. It collects and categorizes living things over time.
2) Evolutionary biology is the study of acausal changes in traits and allele frequencies across time. It entails some very good mathematics (the field of biostatistics was basically invented by evolutionary biologists-- Galton, Pearson, Fisher, etc) and plays an important role in population biology and other areas of biology.
3) Evolutionary biology is the study of the causes of changes in populations over time. This necessarily involves inference to teleology, although the teleology is often concealed in jargon ("teleonomy", blind watchmakers, etc). Evolutionary biologists find it necessary to conceal evolutionary teleology because evolutionary biology is a flop-house for scientifically-inclined atheists, a vindictive claque who destroy the careers of colleagues who don't toe the ideological line.
Evolutionary biology is a fine and important field of science. It has the unfortunate burden of providing a platform for an infestation of atheists, from which it will free itself, in time.
Only then will it do more than catalogue and describe evolution and begin to address the real causes of evolutionary change.