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Blind Watchmaker? A Skeptical Look at Darwinism

by Johnson, Phillip E.
Published by : Access Research Network (Colorado Springs, CO) Physical details: 71 min.
Subject(s): Apologetics | Science
Year: 1994
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"Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose. For example the Cambrian strata of rocks, vintage about 600 million years are the oldest ones in which we find most of the major invertebrate groups. And we find many of them already in an advanced state of evolution, the very first time they appear. It is as though they were just planted there, without any evolutionary history" -- Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker

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Phillip E. Johnson became a skiptic of Darwinism after reading Richard Dawkins' book, The Blind Watchmaker. Having discovered the blinding effects of philosophical naturalism, Professor Johnson came to the conclusion that neo-Darwinian theory was an outgrowth, not so much of empirical data, but of dogmatic and absolute adherence to naturalism and materialism.

In this illuminating lecture, Professor Johnson summarizes the major conflicts between neo-Darwinian theory and natural science including the Cambrian explosion and the existence of biomolecular systems of irreducible complexity. He concludes that The Blind Watchmaker is more akin to an evangelistic tract for atheism than a book on empirical science. In closing, he cites Richard Feynmann who advises scientists to report all relevant data including details that might throw doubts into their theory.

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