Most people think that Charles Darwin invented or discovered the theory of Evolution. What he did, in fact, was to propose that, in essence, some things screw before they die, and some things die before they screw.
He called that equation “natural selection.”
Darwin took “change,” as in variation, as a given. It was ‘just so.’ No mechanism was described which might account for the modulation of protoplasm into structured form of every variety (‘most beautiful,’ says Evo-Devo, and I agree). That is, “the theory of evolution” which is to meant to explain the ‘why and how’ of ‘change over time,’ takes as a given ‘change over time.’
Q: What is Darwin’s theory of evolution?
A: Things change over time.
Q: How do they change?
A: Yes, they do.
Darwinists will attempt to deflect this ceaseless engine of change by shifting the answer to some sub-process:
A: “Genetic mutation.”
Well, start your ten-thousand page dissertation here. Is it true? No, and they know that. And it’s really a stand-in. “Change happens because ‘genes make change happen.'”
Q: So, why does change happen?
A: Yes, it does. Genes. Swap. Shift. Run. Fix. Adjust. Many mechanisms, we’re still looking…
And they’ll shift again:
A: “Natural Selection.”
Start another dissertation. Is it true? No. Even the mainstream has a new “natural selection accounts for 8 percent of speciation” clause. In other words, it’s statistically insignificant, by their standards – but it’s all math at that point, and don’t mean a thing anyway, no way…
But “natural selection” isn’t the engine of change. It’s death. It’s the termination of things that have ALREADY changed.
So, why does this magical change occur that produces “endless forms, most beautiful?”
Darwinists can’t answer this question. They’ll fudge around the perimeter. They’ll approach and run away. They’ll shout, they’ll call names, they’ll ask for credentials. They’ll even threaten careers.
In fairness, I put this question to a discussion group on a different site, and received this ‘just-so’ answer…
Response: “As to “why change happens”? Well, it’s pretty simple. It happens because of environmental changes. ”
In other words, change happens because change happens.*
You see how simple it is? ‘Change was always there, so life was inevitable.’
Is there a theory in there? I don’t see one…
Darwinism: Creationism for atheists.
* This answer, by the way, leans on a “Lamarckian” assumption: that species respond forcefully and willfully to their environment – that change is not ‘accidental and chance-driven, but intentional, purposeful, and exhibiting a quality of “mind.”
But they’ll deny all of that, if you ask them.