Every time I log into a computer and have to enter my password, I’m reminded of how impossible evolution is.
One little mistake on the keypad, and I can’t log in. There’s even a website where I seem to be in permanent “log-in purgatory.” I can’t login ever. Granted, it’s operator error. But still...
How does this tie to evolution? Because if evolution were true, then we are to believe a whole series of complex sequences managed to get everything right---repeatedly.
To use a clichéd example: It would be like a monkey typing at random and coming out with the complete works of Shakespeare without any errors.
There’s a new book on evolution that is getting a lot of attention---and deservedly so. It is Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen Meyer. If you’re familiar with the topic, the subtitle is very clever “The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design.”
This is not some minor book by an “obscurantist backwoods fundamentalist.” It is published by HarperCollins and was written by a man who earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge. This 500-page illustrated book made its way to 7th place on the New York Times bestseller list.
I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Meyer of the Discovery Institute on my radio show last week. He said of his book, “The title tells the story. I tell the story of a doubt that Darwin had about his own theory.” The doubt centers around what’s known as the Cambrian Explosion.
About a decade ago, TIME magazine had a cover story on the Cambrian Explosion. They called it “Biology’s Big Bang.” Geologists place the Cambrian period, which they say was supposedly 550 million years ago, seven geological periods before the Jurassic one, as in Jurassic Park.
Meyer explains, “The Cambrian Explosion refers to the geologically sudden or abrupt appearance of the major group of animals early in the fossil record, in a period of time that geologists call the Cambrian.” The key word is “abrupt.”
In his classic book, On the Origin of the Species, Darwin wrote, "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find out no such case."