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RARELY SEEN QUOTES 1:  Origins      -Updated 2-9-07-    --SCROLL DOWN--         

General - About Origins

  "Two stories are possible.  The first is creationist: God made man with some purpose that involved man's ability to appreciate and worship God.  Let's forget that story.  The whole point of science is to avoid such stories."  Leonard Susskind, famed Stanford University physicist in his book, The Cosmic Landscape - String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design,  L. Brown & Company, 2006,  pg. 196.

"We are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door." Richard Lewontin 'Billions and billions of demons', The New York Review, January 9, 1997, p. 31.

"Creation and evolution, between them, exhaust the possible explanations for the origin of living things.  Organisms either appeared on the earth fully developed or they did not.  If they did not, they must have developed from preexisting species by some process of modification.  If they did appear in a fully developed state, they must indeed have been created by some omnipotent intelligence."  Douglas J. Futuyma, Science on Trial (New York: Pantheon Books, 1983), p. 65.

    "When it comes to the origin of life on this earth, there are only two possibilities: creation or spontaneous generation (evolution).  There is no third way.  Spontaneous generation was disproved 100 years ago, but that leads us only to one other conclusion: that of supernatural creation.   We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds (personal reasons); therefore, we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance."  George Wald, winner of the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize in Science, in Lindsay, Dennis, "The Dinosaur Dilemma," Christ for the Nations, Vol. 35, No. 8, November 1982, pp. 4-5, 14.

"The likelihood (probability) of the spontaneous formation of life from inanimate matter is one to number with 40,000 noughts after it...  It is big enough to bury Darwin and the whole theory of evolution.  There was no primeval soup, neither on this planet nor on any other, and if the beginnings of life were not random, they must therefore have been the product of purposeful intelligence."  Sir Fredrick Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe, Evolution from Space  (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984), p. 148.

"One must conclude that, contrary to the established and current wisdom, a scenario describing the genesis of life on earth by chance and natural causes which can be accepted on the basis of fact and not faith has not yet been written."  Dr. Hubert P. Yockey, ‘A calculation of the probability of spontaneous biogenesis by information theory'. Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol. 67, 1977, p. 398.

      "Question is: Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing that is true?  I tried this question on the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got was silence. - - Then I woke up and realized that all my life I had been duped into taking evolutionism as revealed truth in some way."  Dr. Colin Patterson, Evolution and Creationism,  Speech at the American Museum of Natural History, New York (November 5, 1981), pp. 1,2.  Dr. Patterson is senior paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History and editor of its journal, as well as author of the book Evolution.

"It must be significant that nearly all the evolutionary stories I learned as a student...have now been debunked." [Dr. Derek V. Ager (Department of Geology, Imperial College, London), ‘The nature of the fossil record'. Proceedings of the Geological Association, Vol. 87 (2), 1976, pp. 132-133.]

     "A scientific study of the universe has suggested a conclusion which may be summed up . . In the statement that the universe appears to have been designed by a pure mathematician."    —Sir James Jeans, The Mysterious Universe, p. 140.

     "Curious as that seems, it is a possibility worth weighing—against the only alternative I can imagine: Eddington's suggestion that God is a mathematical physicist."    —*George Wald, "Fitness in the Universe," Origins of Life, Vol. 5 (1974), p. 26.

     "It seems to be one of the fundamental features of nature that fundamental physical laws are described in terms of a mathematical theory of great beauty and power, needing quite a high standard of mathematics for one to understand it . . One could perhaps decide the situation by saying that God is a mathematician of a very high order, and He used very advanced mathematics in constructing the universe."     —*Scientific American, May 1963, p. 53.

     "Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed but rather evolved." - Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner, "What Mad Pursuit", 1988 p. 138

     "An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle." - Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner, "Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature", 1981 (p. 88)

     "In spite of the genetic code being almost universal, the mechanism necessary to embody it is far too complex to have arisen in one blow. It must have evolved from something much simpler. Indeed, the major problem in understanding the origin of life is trying to guess what the simpler system might have been." - Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner, "Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature", 1981 (p. 71)

     "Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose." - Richard Dawkins, "The Blind Watchmaker", 1988. p. 1.

     "The explanatory doctrines of biological evolution do not stand up to an objective, in-depth criticism.  They prove to be either in conflict with reality or else incapable of solving the major problems involved."   Pierre-P. Grasse', Evolution of Living Organisms  (New York: Academic Press, 1977), p. 202.

     "Evolutionary theory has been enshrined as the centerpiece of our educational system, and elaborate walls have been erected around it to protect it from unnecessary abuse. - -  What the 'record' shows is nearly a century of fudging and finagling by scientists attempting to force various fossil morsels and fragments to conform with Darwin's notions, all to no avail.  Today the millions of fossils stand as very visible, ever-present reminders of the paltriness of the arguments and the overall shabbiness of the theory that marches under the banner of evolution."    Jeremy Rifkin, Algeny (New York: Viking Press, 1983), pp. 112, 125.

     "The theory of evolution is universally accepted not because it can be proved by logical, coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible!" scientist, D.M.S. Watson.

“One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet we are here—as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation.”   George Wald, Harvard professor and Nobel Prize winner.

Human Ancestors

      "I shall discuss the broad patterns of hominoid evolution, an exercise made enjoyable by the need to integrate diverse kinds of information, and use that as a vehicle to speculate about hominid origins, an event for which there is no recognized fossil record. Hence, an opportunity to exercise some imagination." [American Anthropologist, Distinguished Lecture; Hominoid Evolution and Hominoid Origins, by David Pilbeam. Vol. 88, No. 2 June 1986. p. 295.]

      "There are broader implications for our understanding of human evolution. First, these results imply that the various Australopithecines are really not all that much like humans. It therefore becomes a most interesting problem in its own right to work out just what these creatures were. They may well have been bipeds, toolmakers, and hunters; but if so, it was not in the human manner." [Oxnard, Charles E., The American Biology Teacher, Human Fossils: New Views of Old Bones. May 1979. vol. 41. No. 5 p. 274; 1986, Vol. 88, No. 2. Distinguished Lecture: Hominoid Evolution and Hominoid Origins. p. 29.]

Missing Links

      "The missing link between man and the apes...is merely the most glamorous of a whole hierarchy of phantom creatures. In the fossil record, missing links are the rule: the story of life is as disjointed as a silent newsreel, in which species succeed one another as abruptly as Balkan prime ministers. The more scientists have searched for the transitional forms between species, the more they have been frustrated... Evidence from fossils now points overwhelmingly away from the classical Darwinism which most Americans learned in high school..." [Newsweek, Is Man a Subtle Accident? Nov. 3, 1980 p. 95.]

      "The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution." [Stephen Jay Gould, Is a New and General Theory of Evolution Emerging?  Paleobiology, Vol. 6, January 1980, p. 127. Professor of Geology and Paleontology, Harvard University.]

      "Links are missing just where we most fervently desire them, and it is all too probable that many ‘links' will continue to be missing." [Jepsen, L. Glenn; Mayr, Ernst; Simpson George Gaylord. Genetics, Paleontology, and Evolution, New York, Athenaeum, 1963 p. 114.]

      "...intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic change, and this is perhaps the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against the theory." [Charles Darwin, "The Origin of Species," 1859, Chapter 11, "On the imperfection of the geologic record."]

      "Many new groups of plants and animals suddenly appear, apparently without any close ancestors. Most major groups of organisms--phyla, subphyla and even classes--have appeared in this way. This aspect of the record is real, not merely the result of faulty or biased collecting. A satisfactory explanation of evolution must take it into consideration and provide an explanation...The fossil record, which has produced the problem, is not much help in its solution." [The Evolution of Life by Everett C. Olson. The New American Library, New York and Toronto. 1965. p. 94.]

      "Each species of mammal-like reptile that has been found appears suddenly in the fossil record and is not preceded by the species that is directly ancestral to it. It disappears some time later, equally abruptly, without leaving a directly descended species." [ New Scientist vol. 93 No. 1295, The Reptiles that became Mammals, by Tom Kemp, March 4, 1982, p. 581.]

Organ/Organism 'Design'

     "To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree."         Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, John Murray, London, 1859

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