Tuesday, March 17, 2015

OC Weekly, Bill Morgan and BIAS

In 2012, Adam O’Neal wrote a significant article on creationist Bill Morgan in the OC Weekly (Orange County, CA).  He starts off speaking of Francisco Ayala (biologist, UC – Irvine, former Dominican priest) who admitted:

Randomly induced mutations are usually deleterious.  In a precisely organized and coupled system like the genome of an organism, a random change will most frequently decrease, rather than increase, the orderliness or useful information of the system. [1]
That is, mutations reduce information, yet evolution in the sense of Bacteria-to-BigBangTheory (the TV show) requires an increase in info.

Ayala stated elsewhere, “From today’s perspective, [Theodosius] Dobzhansky appears as perhaps the most eminent evolutionist of the twentieth century.” [2]  So, let’s hear what Dobzhansky said about one of Darwin’s critics,

The book of Pierre P. Grassé [The Evolution of Living Organisms] … is a frontal attack on all kinds of ‘Darwinism.’  His purpose is to ‘destroy the myth of evolution as a simple, understood and explained phenomenon,’ and to show that evolution is a mystery about which little is, and perhaps can be, known.  Now, one can disagree with Grassé but not ignore him.  He is the most distinguished of French zoologists, the editor of the 28 volumes of ‘Traité de Zoologie,’ author of numerous original investigations, and ex-president of The Academie des Sciences.  His knowledge of the living world is encyclopedic. [3]
The Evolution of Living Organisms is an older work; nevertheless, Grassé’s critique of Darwin has not been refuted.

O’Neal brings up polling data.  A recent AP-GfK poll showed that a full 36% of Americans (18 years old & up) are “not too (or not at all) confident” that the Earth is 4.5B years old.  If evolutionary evidence is so convincing, why is this number so large?  O’Neal was kind enough to plug Bill Morgan’s website FishDontWalk.com where you can find a Neato-Esposito comic.  Morgan appeared on George Noory’s Coast-to-Coast AM in 2007.

Is there a slant in Major Media – YES!  This article by O’Neal verifies that fact.  Emmy Award winner Bernie Goldberg was at CBS for almost 30 years and wrote Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News.  A revised edition came out just last year.

“He who states his case first seems right, until his rival comes and cross-examines him” (Pr. 18:17, Amp.).
Be sure to tell your friends about the cool new book showing that Philosophy, Geology, Biology and History favor Young_Earth_Science (YES).  There is a shortcut to the site >> TotalYouth.us >> “For TOTAL Truth, support Earth’s YOUTH.”

1) Ayala, Francisco J., “Genotype, Environment and Population Numbers,” Science, vol. 162 (December 27, 1968), p. 1456.
2) Ayala, Francisco J., “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky: 1900-1975,” Journal of Heredity, vol. 68, (January/February 1977), p. 6.
3) Dobzhansky, Theodosius, “Darwinian or ‘Oriented’ Evolution?” Evolution, vol. 29 (June 1975), p. 376, emphasis added.

p.s.:  I was a journalist for a year before I attended the University of Oklahoma.  I had the privilege to interview Maya Angelou.  I have a great respect for O’Neal’s profession and overall, he did an excellent job considering the WorldView that he wrote from.