An online petition voicing scientific opposition to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution has reached more than 1,000 signatures. “A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism,” is a short statement that reads: “We are sceptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.” “There are 1,043 scientists on the list” said Sarah Chaffee, a program officer for the Discovery Institute, according to The College Fix. The statement, was released by the Discovery Institute by those who question Neo-Darwinism.
It has been signed by scientists from “the US National Academy of Sciences, Russian, Hungarian and Czech National Academies, as well as from a number of American universities.” In order to sign the document, one must obtain a “Ph.D. in a scientific field such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computer science, or one of the other natural sciences, or they must serve as a professor of medicine.” “The statement seeks to show that there are scientists who support an open examination of the evidence relating to modern Darwinian theory and who question whether Neo-Darwinism can satisfactorily explain the complexity and diversity of the natural world”.
“In recent years there has been a concerted effort by some supporters of modern Darwinian theory to deny the existence of scientific critics of Neo-Darwinism and to discourage open discussion of the scientific evidence for and against Neo-Darwinism,” explains the FAQ page. David Klinghoffer, a Discovery Institute Senior Fellow, said that the signers “have all risked their careers or reputations in signing” the statement. “The scientific mainstream will punish you if they can, and the media is wedded to its narrative that ‘the scientists’ are all in agreement and only ‘poets,’ ‘lawyers,’ and other ‘daft rubes’ doubt Darwinian theory” Klinghoffer said.
Klinghoffer went on “In fact, I’m currently seeking to place an awesome manuscript by a scientist at an Ivy League university with the guts to give his reasons for rejecting Darwinism. The problem is that, as yet, nobody has the guts to publish it.” It’s also crucial to point out that the signing of the document does not necessarily mean the scientists believe in “alternative theories such as self-organization, structuralism, or intelligent design,” but simply points towards “scepticism about modern Darwinian theories central claim that natural selection acting on random mutations is the driving force behind the complexity of life.”
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