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Chilean miners’ altruism disproves evolution? [Oct. 13th, 2010|03:17 pm]
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This morning, Chuck Colson published an article in which he presents the Chilean miners’ rescue story in contrast to what he understands, or more specifically what he doesn’t understand, about evolution. I am responding here on my blog with a request for a discussion. I have many friends and family who believe the literal young earth creation story, and I welcome their input here.

Colson makes this assumption concerning “survival of the fittest”.

… A news man from the scene choked up while reporting it. You know who else should be surprised: Darwinians. They believe the race has evolved through survival of the fittest. Neo-Darwinism cannot explain altruism like that displayed by the miners. At best, it can offer a superficially plausible explanation for what they call “cooperation.”

He mentions Richard Dawkins book The Selfish Gene, but it seems he focuses on the title of the book without respect to its content. Evolution has an explanation for altruism, but Colson’s reference indicates that he hasn’t done his research. Altruism is a survival strategy. Social animals cannot survive without it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altruism#Evolutionary_explanations

… we know that this kind of altruism is uniquely human. Females of other species will fight to the death to defend their young, but another female’s young? Never.

See examples of altruism in the animal world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altruism_in_animals#Examples_of_animal_altruism A quick search for “evolution altruism” shows us that Colson simply isn’t interested in scientific research. http://www.livescience.com/animals/070625_chimp_altruism.html

Please read the rest of Colson’s article and leave your comments here on my post.

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