Charles Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’ is taught in schools and higher educational institutions throughout the world. This theory being treated as fact is potentially very limiting for our species, as mainstream science no longer entertains any other ideas on a subject once there is a general consensus that the mystery has already been solved.
The exploration of sciences that deal with such issues as evolution rely upon evidences that when gathered together, present a case that is unreasonable to argue against. The problem is that there seems to be as much evidence to disprove the theory of evolution as there is to support it. Maybe we ought to re-examine this theory in light of modern discoveries and possibly abandon a great deal of previous assumption.
The original title of Darwin’s ground-breaking book was, ‘The Origin of a Species by means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life’. Considering the era in which the man lived, we may forgive the racist connotation that his original title implies. Thankfully this wording would only be tolerated by the ignorant in the world we live today. Should we not though, also consider the possibility that the books’ content is equally old fashioned and out-dated?
Proof of the Galapagos
Charles Darwin based his theory largely upon his trip to the Galapagos. A failing medical scholar, accompanying Captain Robert Fitzroy as his travel companion aboard the HMS Beagle.
Many years ago, the oceans had risen creating individual land masses out of what once had been a single large strip of land. It is believed that the species that existed there, now had to change their physical attributes in order to survive in their newly formed habitat.
Creatures such as the iguana belonging to one island would come to have a significantly different appearance and behaviour to that of its neighbours. These changes would seem to suit the environment and available food for whichever particular portion of the Galapagos the large reptiles would be occupying.
The same differences could be observed in giant tortoises, capable of living much longer than a human being, also native to the Galapagos. Here, the foliage of each island seemed to determine the very shape of the tortoise shell. For those who lived on an island that required a little reaching for the meal, the shell evolved to allow the tortoise more freedom in the movement of its neck.
Our Living Dinosaurs
So what of the species that we know have never evolved from the time of the dinosaurs?
It is a fact that certain species of crocodiles and the great white shark have been around for millions of years and yet they have undergone absolutely no evolutionary changes of any sort. You may argue that evolution has to be forced through drastic changes in the environment, and that none of these have occurred in the oceans or rivers that these prehistoric predators inhabit.
Yet, have we not gathered an abundance of data relating to the rise of oceanic temperatures, land masses shifting and even a historical record of the entire planet’s poles shifting their position? To have proof of these occurrences, yet observe no biological change in these living dinosaurs surely offers us some evidence against Darwin’s theory.
Of Men, Mammoths and Megalosaurus
An excavation site near the Chulym River in central Russia has revealed a huge dinosaur and mammoth graveyard. The mass grave contains a great number of dinosaur bones as well as those belonging to the long extinct Woolly Mammoth.
These bones had been broken in a way that suggests that the animals they had belonged to had been killed by prehistoric humans. Scientists were perplexed on how one site could contain such a large collection of these great herbivorous elephants as well as so many carnivorous dinosaurs.
Where Humans Stand
Throughout much of the 20th century and even to this day, the lesson generally taught throughout our schools is that homo-sapiens began life in a ‘cradle for human-kind’ in Africa 200,000 years ago. Back in the early 1960s however, discoveries made by archaeologists at a secluded mine in Marrakesh, Morocco, revealed human bones buried with stone tools that date back 300,000 years.
This presents a very different picture for the origin of our species, and if there was a ‘Garden of Eden’ for our people, it was likely the size of an entire continent and existed at least a hundred thousand years earlier than previously assumed. More recent excavations at this site have confirmed that these remains are not Neanderthal, but are skeletally structured no differently than a person alive today.
For a discovery initially made over 60 years ago, why is it that the lessons taught within our schools have not been adjusted to correct the inaccuracy of our natural history books? Any thoughts?
Reluctance to Change
A theory is by its very definition, an idea. Ideas can grow, be re-formed and evolve if awarded a modicum of free thinking. The validity of Darwin’s theory is not the most pressing issue at this time, it is rather, our lack of freedom to disagree with it. Evolution neatly lends its way to a more unanswerable question which is, how did life begin?
The circumstances of the origin of all life on this planet is still a mystery today. It is a sort of ‘Catch 22’, so to speak. DNA requires the existence of complex molecules, while at the same time these complex molecules seem to be created through the existence of DNA. So which came first? The chicken, or the egg?
If evolution is a fact of nature, then all life evolving from single celled organisms takes us one step closer to knowing where life began. Because of this, evidence that opposes Darwin’s theory has often been destroyed or disregarded by the people whose entire careers are built upon the search for truth. The danger this creates for us all is very real. These scientists cling desperately to old paradigms at the cost of scientific progress.
Finally, I would like to share a true story with my readers.
A brilliant young female archaeologist from America held tenure at a prestigious university. She was like a modern-day, real-life Indiana Jones. During an expedition funded by the university, she discovered human remains at the same location and depth as fossilised dinosaur bones. This discovery provided actual physical proof that, not only did human beings exist at the time of the dinosaurs, but just as the sharks and crocodiles, our biological form had remained unchanged for millennia.
Incredibly excited by the find, her happiness was crushed soon after when her superiors at the university warned her not to release the information. She refused to bury the evidence, believing that such an action would go against everything that she stood for.
She lost her tenure and was fired from her teaching position soon after. Her career in ruins, this woman, once highly respected in the archaeological community would now be unable to gain employment even by a local magazine.
This is not an isolated incident within the scientific community, where reputation becomes much more important than the pursuit of knowledge and objective truth.
The fact that I can no longer remember this woman’s name, nor find any mention of her as I search the internet to rediscover her unfortunate tale, illustrates how history will remember her valiant stance for science and truth in the face of secrecy and corruption.
Sadly, not at all.