June 26th, 2006

The Error of Evolution

Evolution, as pioneered by Darwin, claims that we all come from goo. Humans, deer, butterflies, trees, dolphins—we all evolved from a mass of biological bacteria. I don’t buy it.

Panorama at Dusk

Evolution, as pioneered by Darwin, claims that we all come from goo. Humans, deer, butterflies, trees, dolphins—we all evolved from a mass of biological bacteria. I don’t buy it.

This past weekend I was able to visit Yellowstone and see the amazing scenery, and many sorts of animals. In addition to that, I found out that three of my cousins are pregnant.

The combination of these two things led me to ponder life and nature. There is NO way that the perfection of the human body, the intracacies of birth, and the wonders of nature are a result of evolutionary happenstance. As my mother put it, evolution is like a dictionary exploding, resulting in poetry.

Hugh Nibley, in The Meaning of the Temple talks about how nature and life naturally leads to chaos, not order. Entropy essentially disproves evolution; no random, slow process could produce the infinitesimal perfections of the human body, and the wonders of nature—unless, of course, Somebody were in control of that process.

Instead, I testify and affirm that there is a Creator. God in his omniscience has orchestrated life and this Earth to operate as they do. He created this Earth. He created each of us. I’m sure that the Creation was not a snap-of-the-fingers job, but instead Christ, along with those who helped him, used what methods, powers, and resources were available at their omnipotent disposal to bring about the end result of our Earth and its inhabited creatures.

…all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator. (Alma 30:44)

6 Responses to “The Error of Evolution”

  1. the narrator
    July 7, 2006 at 3:13 pm #

    There is NO way that the perfection of the human body, the intracacies of birth, and the wonders of nature are a result of evolutionary happenstance. As my mother put it, evolution is like a dictionary exploding, resulting in poetry.

    What are the chances that the cosmos was established so that I am sitting in this very chair at this very desk typing these very words in this very room in this very apartment in orem utah at this exact moment of time while wearing these clothes with each of my hairs being in there individual arrangements….

    Statistically, from an outside perspective, this is a near impossibility. The problem with this (and your argument against evolution) is that it attempts to evaluate itself from outside itself. Furthermore, though it may seem impossible, the smallest possibility is practically inevitable over an infinite amount of time or instances.

    David O. McKay believed that life (including humans) were created by God through evolution.

    In the scientific world of biology, evolution is biology. They are inseperable now. It doesn’t take much common sense either to accept it. You have small hairs on your back and toe nails. When it gets cold your skin gets goosebumps. All of these are useless on humans, but have very practical purposes on other mammals. Like a monkey, you have five appendages on two hands and two feet, both of which are connected to two arms and legs. You have a head with ears on both sides eyes in the middle, a nose between the eyes with two nostrils.You have a mouth with teeth and a tongue. Your throat is connected to stomache that digests food similarly to both mammals. You have a heart, arteries, a vertabrae. The list goes on.

    Either we have the same genetic ancestors, or God is playing a trick on us and trying to decieve us.

  2. July 8, 2006 at 12:51 pm #

    “David O. McKay believed that life (including humans) were created by God through evolution.”

    Thank you, Narrator…

    Why does it always have to be either divine creation in a day, or random organization of matter into complex lifeforms over millions of years? Can’t it be the divine organization of matter over millions of years?

  3. Connor
    July 8, 2006 at 1:11 pm #

    I agree that God could use evolutionary principles and processes to bring about the creation. As I stated in my post:

    I’m sure that the Creation was not a snap-of-the-fingers job, but instead Christ, along with those who helped him, used what methods, powers, and resources were available at their omnipotent disposal to bring about the end result of our Earth and its inhabited creatures.

    Those methods, powers, and resources may very well have entailed a long, slow evolutionary process. But there was still a higher power in control, organizing and mandating these processes to bring about the eventual creation of all things.

  4. Jeff
    October 18, 2007 at 6:29 pm #

    Hopefully, my comment here will move the evolution debate to a more appropriate thread.

    Connor,

    Entropy essentially disproves evolution; no random, slow process could produce the infinitesimal perfections of the human body, and the wonders of nature—unless, of course, Somebody were in control of that process.

    This would be true if evolution claimed to be random, but it doesn’t. Natural selection isn’t a random process. Organisms who have favorable traits will succeed and reproduce, making the traits more prevalent in subsequent generations. That’s not random. It’s like businesses in a capitalist society. Those who have desirable products or services succeed and spawn competitors, which drive each other to progress even further, while those who don’t have as desirable of products and services die off. Is the success of capitalism random as well?

  5. Connor
    October 18, 2007 at 6:35 pm #

    This would be true if evolution claimed to be random, but it doesn’t. Natural selection isn’t a random process. Organisms who have favorable traits will succeed and reproduce, making the traits more prevalent in subsequent generations.

    Where is the natural selection occurring in our day? Where are the half-apes, half-humans in history? Why are there still apes? Where are the weird half-steps between species throughout the world?

  6. Jeff
    October 18, 2007 at 7:34 pm #

    Where is the natural selection occurring in our day?

    Here’s one from my personal observation. I grew up in central Utah (Emery County) where I occasionally saw rattlesnakes. They were a grayish color with few distinct markings. Now I live in Lake Powell. The rattlesnakes here (we see them at school quite regularly) are reddish with more pronounced markings down their back. They are the same species of rattlesnake, but they look different. Why? In central Utah, the dirt is mostly shale and sand from the higher levels of sandstone from the Colorado Plateau, which is light gray. In Lake Powell and other places in southern Utah, the sand and dirt is red since the elevation is lower and in a different layer of sandstone. The gray rattlesnakes have an advantage in one locale, and the red ones have an advantage in another. They are the same species with different traits. Natural selection at work.

    For more scientific examples that aren’t based on my unscientific observations, check here and here.

    Where are the half-apes, half-humans in history?

    First, it’s incorrect to say that evolution says we evolved from apes. It merely says that we share a common ancestor with apes and monkeys. That being said, there are many intermediate species to be found in the fossil record like Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neanderthalensis, and Homo floresiensis. Those are just some of the more well known fossils. There are many more. There is a better list along with descriptions at this site.

    Why are there still apes?

    We didn’t evolve from apes, and even if we did, it would be possible for apes to still exist if they were in a different place than those where the evolutionary process allowed them to evolve into humans. However, since we didn’t evolve from apes (we share an ancestor with them; they aren’t that ancestor), this question is irrelevant.

    Where are the weird half-steps between species throughout the world?

    Since we don’t know what the future holds for the many species in the world, it’s hard to say whether the animals we see are transitional or more established. Perhaps the duck-billed platypus is an inbetweener (it’s certainly strange), but until the process plays itself out, it would be hard to say whether some species are transitional or not. However, natural selection and adaptation are occurring in many species and would definitely suggest that they are constantly transitioning. You have to remember that the process takes a really, really, really long time, so the changes that we can observe in a lifetime will be small.

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