Eugenie Scott to Ray Comfort: You’re “Bananas”

Here’s what Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, thinks you should do with Ray Comfort‘s altered, anti-evolution version of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species:

Read the first eight pages of the introduction, which is a reasonably accurate, if derivative, sketch of Darwin’s life. The last 10 pages or so are devoted to some rather heavy-handed evangelism, which doesn’t really have anything to do with the history or content of the evolutionary sciences; read it or not as you please. But don’t waste your time with the middle section of the introduction, a hopeless mess of long-ago-refuted creationist arguments, teeming with misinformation about the science of evolution, populated by legions of strawmen, and exhibiting what can be charitably described as muddled thinking.
For example, Comfort’s treatment of the human fossil record is painfully superficial, out of date, and erroneous. … He says, “Java Man [a Homo erectus], found in the early 20th century, was nothing more than a piece of skull, a fragment of a thigh bone, and three molar teeth.” Well, that was from a single site—excavated in the 1890s. What about the dozens of other sites where fossils of H. erectus are found, from China to Kenya to Georgia?

I have faith that college students are sharp enough to realize that Comfort’s take on Darwin and evolution is simply bananas.

Category: Evolution


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