And so to justify and defend their false claim, evolutionists change the meaning of the word. To prove that evolution is a fact and indeed occurs, they switch from one end of the spectrum to the other. Evolution goes from the origin of the species to the incredibly trivial changing of gene allele frequencies or virus mutation.
I pointed out one example in the book Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science, where the evolutionists triumphantly asserted that the evolution of the species is a fact and then used an example of an allele frequency changing from 40% to 36% in a population of rock pocket mice.
Is this and other examples that I pointed out exceptions to the rule? Are these simply uninformed evolutionists making a blunder? Unfortunately such arguments are common in both the classroom and the literature.
If these were exceptions, then we might expect other evolutionists to reject such equivocations. Instead they supported and reaffirmed the equivocations. One evolutionist suggested that the book Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science, was merely referring to allele frequency change when it claimed that evolution is a fact. She commented: “I'd point out that evolution by Moore and Cotner's definition is also a fact by Gould's definition.”
The book had approvingly quoted Stephen Jay Gould who argued that while we may not know how evolution occurred, we do know that it occurred, based on the usual non scientific, metaphysical, arguments. In that context the book claimed that evolution is a fact. And throughout the book evolution was portrayed, not surprisingly, as the idea of the origin of species by random mutations, natural selection, and so forth.
A professor also defended the equivocation with yet more equivocation. He commented:
The mice example is mundane, but that's the nature of great scientific theories: they describe both the mundane and the profound. Theory of gravity applies equally well to a falling apple and the Moon in its orbit. The Earth keeps the Moon in a nearly circular orbit but barely deflects a comet's path. Both are still manifestations of gravity. So it is with evolution. It views small changes in populations through the same prism as the appearance of new species.
With gravity, one can adequately explain both a falling apple and the Moon in its orbit with the same simple law. The professor draws a false parallel with evolution: “So it is with evolution.”
No, it is not that way with evolution. Changing allele frequencies are not sufficient to explain the origin of species. Not even close. In fact evolutionists do not have a scientific explanation for the large-scale change their idea requires.
It is yet more equivocation, piled on top of the previous equivocation. These types of apologetic arguments are at the foundation of evolution. For if evolution were portrayed according to the science, it would lose all support.