Doubting Darwinism: It’s What Scientists Do
Dr. David Deming is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma with a PhD in geophysics. He is also controversial–so much so that, according to FIRE, his university “removed him from his department, stripped him of most of his classes, and moved his office to a converted basement lab…for his attempts at whistleblowing and for his political expression.” Among his many “crimes”, Dr. Deming has been public about his belief that “sustainability” is not possible, we should continue our use of fossil fuels, and global warming is not a “fact”. Even worse, he signed the Dissent from Darwin statement, admitting his skepticism about the idea that “random mutation [and] natural selection could account for the complexity of life.”
Since Dr. Deming is a self-proclaimed evolutionist, why would he do this? Simply because he is a scientist and questioning is what scientists do. According to Dr. Deming, “We ought to stop pretending that science has all the answers…It is the fate of every scientific theory to be superceded.” And, in order for that natural progress to occur, science must be “progressive and skeptical,” not “conservative and dogmatic.”
This is the purpose of AITSE: to encourage good science, based on impartial evaluation of evidence, not mere adherence to the currently popular viewpoint. AITSE may not agree with all that Dr. Deming says and does, but we believe that it is important that he be free to think–that is what scientists do.
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