Michael Peterson quotes Lewis in Mere Christianity as flatly affirming that “Everyone now knows… that man has evolved from lower types of life,” as if Lewis thought no reasonable person could disagree. But this is a case of putting words in Lewis’s mouth through creative editing. Here is the unedited version of what Lewis actually wrote in Mere Christianity with the words Peterson deleted in bold: “Everyone now knows about Evolution (though, of course, some educated people disbelieve it): everyone has been told that man has evolved from lower types of life.”15 Reading the sentence in its entirety, one can see that far from asserting that “Evolution” is something that “everyone now knows,” Lewis was merely stating that “everyone now knows about Evolution,” and “everyone has been told” certain things about it. This was a description of popular sentiment, not a statement about whether evolution is true or false. Lest someone misunderstand Lewis as endorsing the idea that no reasonable person can doubt evolution, Lewis added the caveat, “of course, some educated people disbelieve it.”
(Peterson, “C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design” (2010), 264.)
(2012-09-01). The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society (pp. 111-112). Discovery Institute Press. Kindle Edition.
When a theistic evolutionist claims that some church scholar supports evolution, I’d recommend that you check out what they really wrote for yourself…
Robert Wilensky, who passed away last year, was professor emeritus in computer science at UC Berkeley and a pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Having devoted a long career to studying deep problems in machine intelligence, he left us with a memorable quip skewering today’s digital culture. “We’ve all heard,” said Wilensky, “that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.” – See more at: What Is a Mind? More Hype from Big Data
Remember the ‘first direct evidence’ and for cosmic inflation? Just a few weeks ago? Supposedly gravity waves were detected, just as predicted by the inflation model in the big bang.
We discussed this in our episode “Has the ‘smoking gun’ of the ‘big bang’ been found?” on May 1st. It only took 3 days for other physicists to point out potential flaws in the logic of the paper. Cosmologist John Hartnett wrote “Hey, not so fast with the Nobel Prize!”
Well now even some of the researchers themselves are saying there may be a problem. or not.
Blogger claims BICEP2 team acknowledging possible error in discovery of evidence of gravitational waves
Pierre Ramond once quipped that “rumors can travel faster than the speed of light because they carry no information.”