The evidence for evolution

Recently, Richard Leakey made some interesting statements, mostly because despite appearing to be so intelligent, he sounds ridiculously out of touch with reality.

Evolution Skepticism Will Soon Be History

The Naive Mr. Leakey

A Top Scientist Ignores the Science of Why People Deny Science



Richard Leakey, son of Louis and Mary Leakey and himself one of the most important and famous paleontologists in the world, showed his naivete when he told the San Francisco Chronicle that reluctance to accept evolution will disappear in the next few decades.

Sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, the Kenyan-born paleoanthropologist expects scientific discoveries will have accelerated to the point that “even the skeptics can accept it.”


Why is it so naive? Well, one need only watch this episode of Futurama to understand.

The second thing that bothers me about his statements: It implies that there is not already enough evidence that supports evolution. Evolution already has enough evidence to support it in this day and age; so the people who still deny evolution do so without any regard for the scientific evidence.

The evidence for evolution extends further than Darwin’s Origin of Species, after all. In all the years since, scientifically supported evidence for evolution has been revealed and verified and re-verified. That is the power of science.


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