In his response to Judy Wesselhoft’s letter, science teacher Jeff B. Brown (“Evolution is a fact,” Feb. 3, 2010, Oklahoma Gazette) claims that “nothing in the sciences makes sense without (evolution). “¦ Teaching the myriad disciplines of science and pursuing human endeavors without the unifying genius of evolution and natural selection is as absurd as trying to learn mathematics without the zero.”
I invite Brown to explain how the following scientific concepts make no sense without evolutionary theory and natural selection: E = mc2; the Big Bang theory; Ohm’s law; the Krebs cycle; atomic theory; electromagnetism; the red shift; supernovas; gravitation; vaccination; circulation; mitosis; and, for good measure, ontogeny. Could Brown please explain how evolution and natural selection unify physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy and meteorology?
I also invite Brown to explain how the following scientific and intellectual giants ” all of whom died before publication of Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” ” failed to make sense of nature due to their ignorance of evolution and natural selection: Bacon, da Vinci, Copernicus, Brahe, Galileo, Kepler, van Helmont, Pascal, Boyle, Huygens, van Leeuwenhoek, Hooke, Newton, Leibniz, Halley, Fahrenheit, Bayes, Linnaeus, Lind, Cavendish, Watt, Lavoisier, Volta, Jenner, Dalton, Cuvier, Ampere, Avogadro, Gauss, Audubon, Ohm and Doppler.