Dawkins, Richard

Richard Dawkins

The British biologist Richard Dawkins is one of the world’s most prominent proponents of Darwinism.  However, Professor Dawkins also admits the impossibility of the very theory of evolution that he espouses so passionately:

 So the sort of lucky event we are looking at could be so wildly improbable that the chances of its happening, somewhere in the universe, could be as low as one in a billion billion billion in any one year. If it did happen on only one planet, anywhere in the universe, that planet has to be our planet-because here we are talking about it.121

This attitude, on the part of one of the best-known authorities on evolution, clearly reflects the imperfect logic on which the theory is constructed. The above statements, taken from Dawkins’ book Climbing Mount Improbable, boil down to the argument that “If we are here, that means evolution must have happened”—a striking example of a logical paradox that actually explains nothing at all.

121 Richard, Dawkins, Climbing Mount Improbable, New York: W.W. Norton, 1996, p. 283.

2009-08-15 11:48:57

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