Evolution is life's history

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 10:30 p.m.
Robert Ausband (Jan. 6) suggests, in the debate over intelligent design, that "gaps in conventional (?) evolution are abundant." His one example is to ridicule evolution for not supplying an explanation for the origin of life. This is "beating a ghost horse," a common debating tactic of creationists over the years. I would submit that if we "step back and think clearly" explanations of ultimate origins (life, universe) are not within the purview of evolution. Origin of life questions fall within the fields of chemistry, physics and the study of sell-organizing systems.
Evolution is a description of life's history once it begins. This is a process science, with its self-correcting system, can test and examine. But ID is a theory that is not testable, therefore useless to science. For various reasons, there are gaps in the fossil record; but the law of evolution - "descent with modification" that the characteristics of organisms change over time - is complete.
If today there exists less than .001 percent of all the species that have ever existed, does that mean that all of these nonexisting species through time had a faulty design, or by implication, an unintelligent designer? Would you fess up to being the designer of an animal whose air hole and food hole is one and the same, leading to all kinds of problems?
Scott Billings, High Springs

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