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Evolution has plenty of proof - if you care to look

Posted: January 26, 2014 - 1:06am

Dear editor:

Gil Ward’s Jan. 19 letter titled “Evolution cannot be scientifically proven and supported” was an abomination. How can the News-Times print a letter such as this? People of faith, people that believe in creationism, like Mr. Ward (and we know his position(s) because he’s an Augusta Chronicle regular), disregard any facts presented to them. Their “faith” carries more value than “evidence.” Did you notice Mr. Ward attempted to take down evolutions sagaciousness via “nit-picking,” but never gave evidence to support his creationism viewpoint? Why would that be? I guess because Mr. Ward says it, means that it’s so. I quote: “Today we know that DNA supports creation;...” Really? DNA evidence supports the exact opposite. DNA evidence shows that we are 98 percent chimpanzee – like it or not. And by the way, a scientific error, such as Charles Dawson’s Piltdown Man, was corrected by evolutionists – and not creationists. Science is self-cleaning and takes care of its own business.

If you have facts to back your position, you present those facts and don’t worry about the opposition. Facts are just like cream in fresh milk – the cream (those facts) always rises to the top. Mr. Ward, where are your facts? I’ll give you some evidence for evolution, that is, if you care to look it up:

• adaptive radiation

• atavisms

• biogeography courtesy of plate tectonics / continental drift

• correct chronological fossil alignment within rock strata

• “convergent” evolution

• “imperfect” design

• speciation

• transitional fossils

• vestigal traits

How much more do you want Mr. Ward? Maybe he should read Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne. So, that’s nine scientific facts – and a book! Why does Mr. Ward continue to get letters printed that are absent of proof for his claims of creationism? I already know those facts won’t satisfy Mr. Ward’s criteria for evolutionary substantiation, but that’s ok. As noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would say: “Facts are true whether or not you believe them.” Do you people want to accept the facts or believe Mr. Ward’s dicto simpliciter statements?

Jeff Miller, Martinez

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