Primitive Thinkinga book skeptical of evolution. The book made the point that fundamentally new genes are unlikely to have evolved by the usual random change and natural selection mechanisms. The book elaborated on this problem at length. But the evolutionist retorted that this was all wrong:
[The book] claims that the origin of new genes is a mystery, when in fact it is basically a solved problem (as long as you aren’t talking about the origin of the very first genes at the origin of life—and allegedly this book is supposed to be about the Cambrian Explosion, not the origin of life).
In other words, aside from the origin of life, the origin of fundamentally new genes is not a mystery and is basically has been solved by evolutionists.
That is, of course, false. When I pointed out the evidence the evolutionist harshly criticized me.
Look up jingwei and sdic and the literature on their origin. Look up Long et al. 2003. Why can’t you even get these totally obvious basic points right?
The problem is jingwei and Sdic are not fundamentally new genes, but rather have significant similarities to parts of other genes. And the paper he cited did little to resolve this question of how fundamentally new genes arose. In fact, about the only thing the paper did say about the evolution of such genes is that it is rare. That view has since been discarded as too many of these fundamentally new genes have been discovered.
So the evolutionist cited two irrelevant genes and a paper that gave an outdated view, and accused me of missing “totally obvious basic points.”
When I pointed all this out, the evolutionist tried to walk back his points. He claimed that I was the one who brought up fundamentally new genes, and that he merely was referring to genes that are mostly rearrangements of other genes. “Shame!” he vindictively concluded.
He has made it clear that the book’s criticism is on solid ground. For as I pointed out (here and here), the evolutionary reasoning that such genes evolved by the usual random mutations and selection is circular. And the explanations for how this could have happened is little more than hand waving. Even evolutionists agreed it was impossible until, that is, the existence of such genes could not be denied. At that point evolutionists had to come up with some sort of explanation. The result is a speculative idea that relies on serendipity and ignores known, enormous problems.
A theory cannot fail to explain a plethora of fundamental observations and be a fact. Not a scientific fact, at least.
So will the evolutionist admit to any of these things? Will he agree that evolution is not a fact? Of course not. I’ll take the shame and the blame, and all the harsh criticism, if we can just agree on the overwhelming scientific evidence which checkmates evolution. Evolution is not a fact, and it never was.