Richard Lewontin is the Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.
As such, he is internationally recognized as one of the foremost “evolutionist” , Atheist and Materialist in the world. We haven’t read a fraction of all that he has said, but he is apparently given to occasional bouts of blatant honesty.
He was previously and famously quoted for saying:
We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.
It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door. “….Billions and Billions of Demons, The New York Review, p. 31, January 9, 1997.
As reported in the following article, he began verbally thrashing around again at an address to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in which he delivered some remarks that (unintentionally?) struck some severe blows against the Darwinist religion:
âSo We Make Up Storiesâ About Human Evolution
by Kyle Butt, M.A.
Dr. Richard Lewontin is the Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Harvard University Press describes him as one of their âmost brilliant evolutionary biologists.â A Harvard professor since 1973, he has impeccable academic credentials, and has gained worldwide notoriety for authoring several books, including The Triple Helix, The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change, and Biology as Ideology.
During the week of February 14-18, Dr. Lewontin was invited to speak at the American Association for the Advancement of Scienceâs annual meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts. Michale Balter, writing for Science magazine, reported briefly on Lewontinâs comments that caused quite a stir in the evolutionary community. Balter titled his article âHow Human Intelligence EvolvedâIs It Science or âPaleofantasyâ?â (2008). In the first paragraph, Balter quipped that Lewontin really âknows how to grab an audienceâs attention.â
What did Lewontin say that was so noteworthy and attention-grabbing? Lewontin âled off a session titled âThe Mind of a Toolmakerâ by announcing that scientists know next to nothing about how humans got so smart. âWe are missing the fossil record of human cognition,â Lewontin said at the meeting. âSo we make up storiesââ (Balter, 2008, emp. added). While Balter spent the rest of his article scrambling to show that Lewontinâs conclusions are not recognized by all in the scientific community, Lewontinâs devastating blow to evolutionâs long-cherished scenario of human development could not be papered over so easily.
James Randerson, science correspondent for the United Kingdomâs Guardian, wrote an article titled âWe Know Nothing About Brain Evolutionâ in which he, too, reported on Lewontinâs speech. Lewontin titled his speech, âWhy We Know Nothing About the Evolution of Cognition.â Randerson reported that, in the lecture, the eminent Harvard professor âsystematically dismissed every assumption about the evolution of human thought, reaching the conclusion that scientists are still completely in the dark about how natural selection prompted the massive hike in human brain size in the human lineâ (2008, emp. added).
Lewontin then turned his attention to the fossil record. Randerson summarized Dr. Lewontinâs statements by saying: âThe main problem is the poor fossil record. Despite a handful of hominid fossils stretching back 4m [millionâKB] years or so, we canât be sure that any of them are on the main ancestral line to us. Many or all of them could have been evolutionary side branchesâ (2008). Randerson continued, stating: âWorse, the fossils we do have are difficult to interpret. âI donât have the faintest idea what the cranial capacity [of a fossil hominid] means,â Lewontin confessed. What does a particular brain size tell us about the capabilities of the animal attached to it?â (2008).
Of course, Lewontinâs comments fly in the face of everything the general population has been led to believe about human evolution. The beautiful drawings showing ape-like creatures gradually evolving in a straight line into humans have been plastered on science-lab walls, in science textbooks, and in popular science magazines for the last five decades. We have been told that the hominid fossil record is so complete that it provides irrefutable evidence verifying human evolution. We have been told that our âancestralâ fossils indicate exactly when our ancient great-grandparents began to walk upright, when they evolved greater cognitive skills, and when they evolved into us.
Lewontin was not finished tearing into the standard evolutionary party line about hominid fossils. Randerson noted that Lewontin âis even skeptical that palaeoanthropologists can be sure which species walked upright and which dragged their knuckles. Upright posture is crucial for freeing up the hands to do other useful thingsâ (2008).
What, then, did Lewontin conclude regarding the prevailing status of ignorance that pervades the scientific community regarding the supposed evolution of humans? He said: âWe are in very serious difficulties in trying to reconstruct the evolution of cognition. Iâm not even sure what we mean by the problemâ (as quoted in Randerson, 2008).
The bombshell that Lewontin dropped on the 2008 AAAS annual meeting will leave devastating and lasting carnage in its wake in the evolutionary community. He debunked 50 years of orchestrated evolutionary propaganda. Randerson concluded his summary of Lewontinâs statements by observing: âAll in all, despite thousands of scientific papers and countless National Geographic front covers, we have not made much progress in understanding how our most complicated and mysterious organ [brainâKB] came aboutâ (2008).
After reviewing Lewontinâs statements and the various journal articles describing them, the writers of Creation/Evolution Headlines appropriately admonished the reader:
Remember this entry the next time you get a National Geographic cover story of a hominid with a philosopherâs gaze. Remember it when you are told stories about hominids walking upright, their hands now freed to scratch their chins and think. Remember it when you are shown a chimpanzee on NOVA performing memory tricks for a banana or smashing bugs with a rock. Remember it when a stack of erudite scientific papers on human evolution is placed on the witness table at a trial over whether students should be allowed to think critically about evolution in science class (âPaleofantasy…,â 2008).
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Balter, Michael (2008), âHow Human Intelligence EvolvedâIs It Science or âPaleofantasyâ?â Science, 319 :1028, [On-line], URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/319/5866/1028a.
âPaleofantasy: Brain Evolution is Mere Storytellingâ (2008), Creation/Evolution Headlines, February 22, [On-line], URL: http://www.creationsafaris.com/crev200802.htm.
Randerson, James (2008), âWe Know Nothing About Brain Evolution,â Guardian, [On-line], URL: http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/02/the_distinguished_biologist _pr.html.
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