Sunday, March 16, 2008

How Does a Brain Surgeon Become a Darwin Skeptic?

Be sure to hop over to Intelligent Design Podcasts from time to time. You'll find that there is always something interesting being discussed in regard to the evo/ID debate.

If you read Evolution News & Views, you're familiar with Dr. Michael Egnor's posts at the site. Recently, Casey Luskin interviewed Dr. Egnor in two separate podcasts.

The first episode was titled:

How Does a Brain Surgeon Become a Darwin Skeptic?

On this episode of ID The Future Dr. Michael Egnor, professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, tells his story of how he became a full-blown skeptic of Darwinian evolution. Dr. Egnor explains how he originally had internal doubt about the ability of Darwinism to produce new biological information. These doubts were then brought directly to the surface when he read books by leading ID-theorists like William Dembski and Michael Behe.

The second...

Does Darwinism Have Any Impact on Modern Medical Science?

On this episode of ID the Future, CSC’s Casey Luskin takes a look at the medical field and how it relates to Darwinism. Is Darwinian evolutionary theory a big part of how doctors think and the way they practice medicine? According to Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Michael Egnor, the answer is no. The modern practice of medicine does not rely at all on neo-Darwinism. In the past, especially in the early 20th century, explains Egnor, the medical field did get a large dose of Darwinism, most noticeably in the area of eugenics. Egnor goes on to show that there has been, however, no contribution by applying Darwinian evolutionary theory to modern medicine or medical research aside from eugenics.

I'm still trying to figure out how Darwinism's claim of common descent is any more beneficial to science than those who consider commonality among organisms in nature to be due to common design. Of course, I've had plenty of Darwinists try to explain to me (see lengthy comment section) that common decent is a vital component to science, but I'm still very skeptical that science would be any worse off today if Darwin hadn't made the bold claim that all of life evolved from a common blob of matter.

See there?...even "brain surgeons" question the significance of Darwinian evolution.