Wednesday, June 01, 2016

DIFFICULTIES ON THEORY, Charles Darwin in his own words.

The title is his from chapter six of Origin of the Species". The four "difficulties" are in his words as he sees them. I think he makes a good case against his theory. After 150 years, the difficulties Darwin saw still exist and are unanswered. 
Firstly, why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms? Why is not all nature in confusion instead of the species being, as we see them, well defined?
Secondly, is it possible that an animal having, for instance, the structure and habits of a bat, could have been formed by the modification of some animal with wholly different habits? Can we believe that natural selection could produce, on the one hand, organs of trifling importance, such as the tail of a giraffe, which serves as a fly-flapper, and, on the other hand, organs of such wonderful structure, as the eye, of which we hardly as yet fully understand the inimitable perfection?
Thirdly, can instincts be acquired and modified through natural selection? What shall we say to so marvellous an instinct as that which leads the bee to make cells, which have practically anticipated the discoveries of profound mathematicians?
Fourthly, how can we account for species, when crossed, being sterile and producing sterile offspring, whereas, when varieties are crossed, their fertility is unimpaired?
- Charles Darwin, Origin of the Species, October 1859, Chap 6., Accessed at…

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