The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races
August 4, 2008
Just watched the first episode of a Dawkins documentary about Darwin. The theory of evolution was explained pretty well, which it often isn’t. In fact, I think the badness of standard explanations accounts for the suspicion which with the theory is treated. I certainly remember thinking it sounded a little half-baked after getting a half-baked explanation at school – it all seemed a bit suspicious that evolution was throwing up all these useful variations. It was only several years (and a bit of maths) later that I got my head round the idea that the variations are random – most of them being completely useless – and that the useful ones only stick around because the animals with those ones are more likely to survive long enough to breed.
Of course Dawkins, being Dawkins, puts the scepticism down to the religion vs science debate, making out that you can only believe in one or the other. But I’m sure there are lots of Christians out there who also believe in evolution – probably the very same Christians who don’t think it’s wrong for a man to lie with another man just because it said so in a very old book.