As you know, one of the defining features of a scientific hypothesis is that it is testable — by experiments or by observing its predicted results, and as with so many Superseded scientific theories in the past, if it fails, then it’s rejected.
Evolution, like every other scientific theory, is subject to testing. In a very real sense, every fossil that is found is a test — see Where Are The Anachronistic Fossils?, and sometimes a specific fossil hunt itself can be a test — see The Lessons of Tiktaalik. Evolution has survived every test for 150 years. As we wrote in Creationism and the Burden of Proof:
[W]hoever makes a claim has the burden of supporting that claim by producing at least some verifiable evidence in its favor.
The theory of evolution has already met that burden — and it continues to do so with each passing day. The original hypothesis has been challenged and tested again and again, and it has survived such challenges. That’s why it’s regarded as a theory. Now it’s the creationist or — ahem! — the intelligent design advocate, who is making the claim. Specifically, his claim is that evolution is false — and it is therefore the creationist who has the burden of proof.
With that as background, we shall now look at a brief post appearing today at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog: Is Evolution Falsifiable? Doug Axe Versus Biochemist Keith Fox on Premier Radio. It was written by David Klinghoffer, upon whom the Discoveroids have bestowed the exalted title of “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist). We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
Klinghoffer begins with a flowery description of UK talk show host Justin Brierley:
In the U.S., we don’t have anything quite like the U.K. talk show Unbelievable? with host Justin Brierley. Over the course of a little more than an hour on Premier Radio, Brierley conducts a dual interview with proponents of competing views. While clearly identifying himself as a Christian, he turns a polite skepticism on both guests so that you really feel you’re drilling down to the core issue on which they disagree, rather than being distracted by peripherals.
Although Klinghoffer says Brierly appears on what he calls “Premier Radio,” Google provides a link to what is actually called Premier Christian Radio, which describes Brierly and his show, and says that he “has produced an annual evangelism and apologetics conference. He is also the Senior Editor of Premier Christianity Magazine.”
Klinghoffer gives us a list of Discoveroids who have appeared on Brierly’s show, and says:
On a recent program he invited Biologic Institute’s Douglas Axe, author of Undeniable [link omitted], for a discussion of protein evolution with biochemist Keith Fox. Listen to it here [link omitted]. Fox, who teaches at the University of Southampton, is a BioLogos-style theistic evolutionist. Brierley does a great job of illuminating the scientific issues (theological ones too) separating Fox and Axe. It’s a remarkably substantive as well as calm and respectful conversation.
Axe is one of the Discoveroids’ intellectual giants. They refer to him as “Douglas Axe of Biologic Institute.” As we’ve mentioned before, the Biologic Institute is supported by Discoveroid grants. It’s their own captive research lab. The Discoveroids’ imitation of the accouterments of science has caused their “theory” of intelligent design to be described as a cargo cult.
Despite the obviously biased nature of Brierly’s show, Klinghoffer claims:
To his credit, from question to question, you can never quite tell what side Brierley himself comes down on.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then he says:
A telling challenge he gives to Dr. Fox, however, is whether as an evolutionist he can imagine any evidence of ID that would convince him to give up his commitment to unguided Darwinian processes as explaining the history of life.
Isn’t that thrilling? What a brilliant question! Is there any evidence that would make Fox abandon the theory of evolution? We can imagine an arkload — starting with the ever-elusive Precambrian rabbit. Better still, how about if the creationists would finally introduce us to their designer? Show us his workshop. Explain his methods. Show us how the magic done. That would be evidence we wouldn’t ignore.
But that’s what the Discoveroids don’t do — because they can’t Instead, as we’ve said so many times before, all they ever do is point to something not yet fully understood — at least by them — and start yelling “Goddidit!” That’s because their only “evidence” for intelligent design is either the god of the gaps argument or else William Paley’s watchmaker analogy.
Returning to Klinghoffer’s post, Brierly has asked Fox about evidence against Darwinian evolution. He gives us Brierley’s exact words:
“Part of me wonders, is there any level of complexity of which one could say, ‘OK, Doug [Axe], you’ve got a point. This does look designed now.’ Or is design just never going to be an option no matter how much things look incredibly like the math’s against their ever developing in that way?”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Brierly is asking: “Will you ever succumb to the watchmaker analogy?” For the droolers among his readership, Klinghoffer explains Brierly’s question:
In other words, is evolution falsifiable?
What was Fox’s answer to that question? Klinghoffer tells us at the very end of his post:
Fox’s reply, in brief: “Never say never, as they say.” That’s a telling response in a fascinating conversation.
Klinghoffer thinks that response shows that evolution is worthless and unscientific because it’s not falsifiable. However, we’ve already listed a few things that would falsify evolution. Intelligent design, on the other hand, is idea that can never be tested, because it can survive any conceivable test. The transcendent designer — blessed be he! — works in mysterious ways for his own purposes, which are beyond our ability to comprehend.
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