Could it be, he suggests, that we become “weighted down by misleading familiarity?” He blames the philosophy of essentialism, that of Aristotle and Plato, which asserts that categories are distinct, with clear demarcation between them. The great magic of evolution, he notes, is the manner in which one thing, so very slowly, can become another. Given time, a cell can become an eye, or an elephant, or a man.
Why of course a cell can become an eye, or an elephant, or a man. Isn’t that obvious? And the failure of evolutionists to explain how this actually happens is OK because the problem is too complicated.
You can’t make this stuff up. Here we have a leading evolutionist confused about why intelligent adults don’t march off into the sea with him. Isn’t it obvious that a single cell spontaneously transforms into an elephant?
Professor Dawkins’ atheism is central to his fervency. This should not be a distraction.
Not only is Dawkins’ atheism not a distraction, it is not relevant. For when it comes to evolution (and probably everything else), Dawkins is driven by his theism, not his atheism.
Dawkins’ convictions are not that evolution must be true because god does not exist. Rather, Dawkins’ convictions are that evolution must be true because god never would have designed this world. Like atheists everywhere, Dawkins does not believe in god, but he sure does believe about god, and that’s just as metaphysical.
Dawkins argues that biological structures, such as our eye and the giraffe’s recurrent laryngeal nerve would not have been intended by anyone otherwise capable of creating the world.
“No intelligent designer,” he assures the reader, “would ever have done that.”
That, of course, is not a scientific claim. Richard Dawkins is driven by his metaphysics which he then proceeds to deny.
If evolutionists are correct that no intelligent designer would ever have done that, then, yes, evolution (in one form or another) is a no-brainer. Their claim that evolution is a fact would be secure.
But all of this rests on their non scientific premise. Without the premise, all we are left with is the ludicrous, junk science that cells spontanously transform into elephants.