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Scientists Sceptical of Darwin

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-05-05 05:30:47

SEATTLE — Over 600 doctoral scientists from around the world have now signed
a statement publicly expressing their skepticism about the contemporary
theory of Darwinian evolution. The statement, located online at, reads: “We are skeptical of claims for the
ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the
complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory
should be encouraged.”

The fastest growing segment of the list is scientists from outside the
United States. International scientists now represent just over 12% of all
signers, and as a group has seen nearly 40% growth in the past four months.

“I signed the Scientific Dissent From Darwinism statement, because I am
absolutely convinced of the lack of true scientific evidence in favour of
Darwinian dogma,” said Raul Leguizamon, M. D., Pathologist, and a professor
of medicine at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

“Nobody in the biological sciences, medicine included, needs Darwinism at
all,” added Leguizamon. “Darwinism is certainly needed, however, in order to
pose as a philosopher, since it is primarily a worldview. And an awful one,
as Bernard Shaw used to say.”

The list of 610 signatories includes member scientists from National
Academies of Science in Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, India (Hindustan),
Nigeria, Poland, Russia and the United States. Many of the signers are
professors or researchers at major universities and international research
institutions such as Cambridge University, British Museum of Natural
History, Moscow State University, Masaryk University in Czech Republic, Hong
Kong University, University of Turku in Finland, Autonomous
University of Guadalajara in Mexico, University of Stellenbosch in South
Africa, Institut de Paliontologie Humaine in France, Chitose Institute of
Science & Technology in Japan, Ben-Gurion University in Israel, MIT, The
Smithsonian and Princeton.

“Dissent from Darwinism has gone global,” said Discovery Institute President
Bruce Chapman, former US Ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna.
“Darwinists used to claim that virtually every scientist in the world held
that Darwinian evolution was true, but we quickly started finding US
scientists that disproved that statement. Now we’re finding that there are
hundreds, and probably thousands, of scientists all over the world that
don’t subscribe to Darwin’s theory.”

Discovery Institute first published its Scientific Dissent From Darwinism
list in 2001 to challenge false statements about Darwinian evolution made in
promoting PBS’s “Evolution” series. At the time it was claimed that
“virtually every scientist in the world believes the theory to be true.”

Prominent signatories include U.S. National Academy of Sciences member
Philip Skell; American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
Lyle Jensen; evolutionary biologist and textbook author Stanley Salthe;
Smithsonian Institution evolutionary biologist and a researcher at the
National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Biotechnology
Information Richard von Sternberg; Editor of Rivista di Biologia / Biology
Forum --the oldest still published biology journal in the world--
Giuseppe Sermonti; and Russian Academy of Natural Sciences embryologist Lev Beloussov.

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