Robert Knight
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The modern day faith in Science makes the most fanatical fundamentalist look indifferent by comparison.

Ever since Charles Darwin proposed his theory of macro evolution, for which even he admitted had scant evidence to support it, the intelligentsia have pushed science as the Final Decider of All Things. If you think this is harmless, see how Alfred C. Kinsey’s cooked surveys on sex in the 1940s helped launch and justify the still-disastrous sexual revolution. And look at how junk science is littering Supreme Court opinions.

The thing is, science does not stay still. Theories come and go as evidence pours in to support alternative views.

Not so with evolution. Even when the late, prominent evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould admitted that the fossil record argues against gradual, Darwinian evolution, he came up with “punctuated equilibrium.” That is, he speculated that intermediate species don’t show up in fossils because of sudden, unexplained leaps into completely new species. As scientists unlock the secrets of the cell, it’s clearer every day that those leaps would involve millions of changes all at once, for no apparent reason.

But I’m not here to poke holes in evolutionary theory. I have a larger ambition, which is to expose the misuse of science as a false religion.

Real science aims to uncover natural truth, and requires experiments to test hypotheses. That’s the Scientific Method. Another kind of science relies on speculation, which can be useful when it’s kept in its place. When making sweeping statements about events that happened far before anyone’s ability to discern the circumstances, scientists should be honest enough to include caveats, such as the handy word “theory.”

When someone says “science has spoken,” he’s closing the door on other possibilities. GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman did that the other day when he tweeted: “To be clear I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

Well, I’m not going to call him crazy, but not all scientists believe in evolution or man-caused global warming. More than 31,400, for instance, have signed a petition calling global warming theory into question. You can see it at www.petitionproject.org.

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Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.