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Prolific Yale professor turns against Darwinism, warns Darwinians ‘will destroy you if you challenge’ the theory

Sounds rather militant, actually

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David Gelernter, prominent writer and Yale University professor, believes it's high time for people to drop Charles Darwin's outdated theory of evolution.

Gelernter explained that he has dissociated himself from the theory — and has received backlash for doing so.

What are the details?

In a recent essay published in the Claremont Review of Books, Gelernter wrote, "Darwin has failed," and insisted that scientists move past Darwin and his theories altogether.

Gelernter, who has been a proponent of Darwinism since childhood, argued that the longstanding theory of evolution simply doesn't give a thorough enough explanation of, perhaps, the most important component of modern science: the actual origin of species.

According to the essay, titled "Giving up Darwin," the Cambrian explosion, as well as modern discoveries in molecular biology, have dashed Darwin's theories of evolution as he understood it to occur.

"Most species enter the evolutionary order fully formed and then depart unchanged," Gelernter wrote. "The incremental development of new species is largely not there."

He also added that he feels it is important not to discount the theory of intelligent design, which is an equally important concept as Darwinism has been to science.

"Darwin's theory predicts that new life forms evolve gradually from old ones in a constantly branching, spreading tree of life," he wrote. "Those brave new Cambrian creatures must therefore have had Precambrian predecessors, similar but not quite as fancy and sophisticated. They could not have all blown out suddenly, like a bunch of geysers."

He pointed out that the concept of intelligent design is not necessarily his favorite theory, but insists that it is an "absolutely serious argument," pointing out that the theory is the very "first, and obviously most intuitive that comes to mind."

What else?

In June, Gelernter said that Darwinian scientists will absolutely "destroy" those people who dare try to diminish its importance to science.

"I have to distinguish between the way I've been treated personally, which has been a very courteous and collegial way by my colleagues at Yale, they're nice guys and I like them, they're my friends," he said in June remarks. "On the other hand, when I look at their intellectual behavior, what they publish, and, much more important, what they tell their students, Darwinism has indeed passed beyond a scientific argument."

"As far as they are concerned, take your life in your hands to challenge it intellectually," he continued. "They will destroy you if you challenge it."

"[I haven't seen anything] approaching free speech on this topic," Gelernter admitted. "It's a bitter rejection, not just — a sort of bitter, fundamental, angry, outraged, violent rejection, which comes nowhere near scientific of intellectual discussion. I've seen that happen again and again. 'I'm a Darwinist, don't you say a word against it, or, I don't wanna hear it, period.'"

"I am attacking their religion," he concluded. "It is a big issue for them."

Mathematical Challenges to Darwin's Theory of Evolution www.youtube.com

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