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THEORYFALLS

March 22, 1999

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To the editor:

When I started reading Leonard Krishtalka's column "Evolution theory explains fact" I expected to see a discussion of the facts behind evolutionary theory. Instead I got a bashing of another theory, creationism. As I recall from my science classes, bashing theory B does not prove theory A. He quotes one definition of "theory" neglecting to mention that the definition includes "a speculative plan" and "a guess" as well as "a formulation of underlying principles of certain observed phenomena which has been verified to some degree." He then states, "it comprises an enormous body of fact, built, honed and corroborated by 150 years of observation and experiment."

What he does not mention is that the 150 years of observation have led to the conclusion that Darwin's theory was incorrect in its basic theorems. Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History which houses some 60 million fossil specimens has been quoted as saying, "If I knew of any evolutionary transitions, fossil or living, I would have certainly included them in my book `Evolution.'" In addition we have Nebraska man -- mistake, Java man -- nope, Piltdown man -- fraud, Archaeopteryx -- a bird, not a link. Recapitulation was shown to be a fraud in 1911 but is still apparently taught as late as 1995 in Lawrence schools. The fervor with which people cling to the evolutionary theory has led me to suspect that it is yet another religious belief as it seems the basis for the theory must be accepted on faith. Perhaps this is at least part of the reason why the debate continues.

Larry Miller,

1325 E. 16th.

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