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June 23, 2014
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Letter: There will always be unanswered questions

Evolution based on the sciences

Something must be made clear about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Evolution is not still a “toss up” among scientists. The number of scientists, particularly biologists, who subscribe to creationism is vanishingly small.

Nor is evolution a murky, back-water of science. Evolution is science. The evolution of life from primitive form on an old Earth in a still older universe is consistent not only with everything we know about biology, but also with astrophysics, geology, plate tectonics, ecology, molecular genetics, paleontology, biochemistry, anatomy, and every other branch of science that intersects the Theory of Evolution.

That questions remain in evolution does not remove from the validity and strength of the theory. There are also unproven theorems in mathematics, the most logical, self-contained branch of human intellectual pursuit.

There will always be unanswered questions. If there were not, we would not need science. To continue to suggest that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution remains a controversy among scientists is disingenuous at best and borders on delusion. Let’s free ourselves and our children of the ridiculous notion that evolution and creationism hold equal weight among scientists, and that they deserve equal status in our schools.

Scott D. Mendelson

Roseburg


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