Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Darwinist Disagrees with Current View of Evolution

Dr. Jeffrey H. Schwartz, Ph.D., a professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh recently said that, while he is still an evolutionist, evolutionary theory as it is commonly viewed and taught is incorrect. Dr. Schwartz, the author of the book The Red Ape has two issues with modern evolutionary theory, two issues that most evolutionists hold to as key elements in the foundation of the theory.

The first is gradualism. Schwartz argues that the fossil record does not back up the view of gradualism, something argued before by the late Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, a paleontologist from Harvard University, as well as others in similar fields. Schwartz also claims that gradual evolution defies logic. He believes that Gould's "punctuated equilibrium" version of evolution, which does away with the gradual aspect of evolution, is far more accurate than gradual evolution.

Schwartz, however, does not accept "punctuated equilibrium" for he says that it still embraces adaptation, which is his second problem with modern evolutionary theory. Schwartz does not believe that creatures evolved according to their surrounding environment, but rather, that the creatures were simply produced by random evolution and can survive in a variety of different environments.

Whether Schwartz's views are accepted by the evolution community or not, he poses two difficult questions for evolutions who accept gradual changes and adaptation. The article about Schwartz and his studies can be found at:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06149/694046-85.stm

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