Flash! Creationist Disproves Natural Selection

This will astound you, dear reader. It’s at the Baptist Press website — the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service. Their headline is Scientists poke holes in natural selection. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The Darwinian concept of natural selection seems pretty straightforward: The most fit survive and pass their genes on to their offspring, while unfit organisms die off. But new research, published in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, shows survival is a lot more complicated, and natural selection is neither clear-cut nor provable.

Scholars that they are at Baptist Press, they don’t provide a link, or even the name of the paper — but it’s probably this: Variability in Fitness Effects Can Preclude Selection of the Fittest. Except for the abstract, you can’t read it without a subscription, but it doesn’t matter.

After a couple of paragraphs that purport to summarize the paper, Baptist Press says:

Randy Guliuzza, an engineer, physician, and science expert with the Institute for Creation Research [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!], said natural selection cannot deal with the complexities of how organisms adjust to their environment because the concept has the whole process backward.

What? They tell us:

Natural selection makes the environment the active agent and all living things just passive modeling clay. But, nature doesn’t possess a brain — it can’t select, Guliuzza said. Organisms can self-adjust only because God designed them with innate internal systems that continuously track environmental changes and make appropriate adjustments.

Here’s some information about Randy Guliuzza at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. Baptist Press ends their brief post with this:

“Natural selection says we have to be adaptable in order to adapt and evolve, but how do we become adaptable unless we have the internal systems to do so?” Guliuzza said. “It is like the chicken and the egg riddle in which everything has to show up at once.”

So there you are, dear reader. Natural selection is nonsense. It must be so, because it’s reported in the Baptist Press.

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16 responses to “Flash! Creationist Disproves Natural Selection

  1. A colander doesn’t have a brain, but it separates the water from the pasta, without direction from His Noodliness, all praise to Him.

  2. @Dave Luckett,
    Was that blasphemy directed at the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
    Repent or your punishment shall be to have only prepackaged store bought pasta!

  3. Michael Fugate

    “Dr. Guliuzza has a B.S. in Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, a B.A. in theology from Moody Bible Institute, an M.D. from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. Guliuzza served nine years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps and is a registered Professional Engineer. In 2008, he retired as Lt. Col. from the U.S. Air Force, where he served as Flight Surgeon and Chief of Aerospace Medicine. He is the author of Made in His Image: Examining the complexities of the human body; and Clearly Seen: Constructing Solid Arguments for Design.”

    Collecting trading cards won’t make you an athlete; collecting degrees won’t make you intelligent.

  4. Do not bacteria adapt – even viruses ?

  5. I suppose the vapid twaddle of “nature doesn’t possess a brain — it can’t select” got under my skin. It’s impossible to credit that so violent a misconstruction of standard English can be honest.

  6. Michael Fugate

    From the blurb Randy’s book Clearly Seen”:
    Written by medical doctor and professional engineer Randy Guliuzza, it provides a step-by-step teaching guide for using the living things that the Lord Jesus has made as a witness to His reality … and capably unwraps their astounding designs as a witness for His engineering genius.

    God is an engineer just like Randy, aaaaaw!

  7. All together now, let’s sing!

    Oh, I could tell you why
    The ocean’s near the shore.
    I could think of things I never thunk before.
    And then I’d sit, and think some more.

    …If I only had a brain!

  8. Ceteris Paribus

    “But, nature doesn’t possess a brain — it can’t select, Guliuzza said.”

    Appears that the Creationism Lobby is happy to just let the demonstrably increasing rate of species extinction continue. Until the “Very End of Times” when all the Godly Christians can go find their promised reward in heaven.

  9. Way off-topic–except, perhaps, as a further illustration of the perils of brainlessness: Rapper B.o.B. raising funds to check if Earth is flat

  10. Worth quoting the original paper: “[A]lleles affecting traits like sex, evolvability, and cooperation can cause fitness effects that depend heavily on differences in the environmental, social, and genetic context of individuals carrying the allele. This variability makes it difficult to summarize the evolutionary fate of an allele solely on the basis of its effects on any one individual.” This stated as the review’s starting point.

    Which of course is true. The ability to confer fitness is not a property of an allele per se, but of that allele in its total context. Why Randy considers this truism as evidence of Goddidit is, however, beyond my limited understanding

  11. Megalonyx; B.o.B knows just what he’s at. The brainlessness is with those who pay any attention to his clickbait burblings

  12. Organisms can self-adjust only because God designed them with innate internal systems that continuously track environmental changes and make appropriate adjustments.

    Lysenko, isdat you?

  13. On the other hand, if God does something, that is no reason to think that evolution does – or does not – happen. God can do anything. The Bible does not have anything to say about evolution – yes nor no.
    ” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaija 55:8-9
    If you can’t understand natural selection, that doesn’t mean that God couldn’t make natural selection.

  14. Michael Fugate

    As Paul points out Randy appears to have gotten his understanding of natural selection from the back of a cereal box. I would suggest he read Making Sense of Evolution: The Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Biology by Massimo Pigliucci and Jonathan Kaplan. It would help him with fitness concepts.

  15. A profound and -I suspect- possibly wilful misunderstanding of how natural selection works. We do not have to be ‘adaptable, that stinks of Lamarckism. There is no ‘adjustment’, not even really ‘survival of the fittest’, only reproduction of the ‘fit enough’.

  16. “.Why resort to contrivance, where power is omnipotent? Contrivance, by its very definition and nature, is the refuge of imperfection. To have recourse to expedients, implies difficulty, impediment, restraint, defect of power/”
    William Paley, “Natural Theology”