Richard Dawkins, busy indoctrinating
the young through Darwinist propaganda.
Scientific discoveries do not support the claims
of the punctuated equilibrium theory of evolution. The claim
that organisms in small populations can swiftly evolve with
macromutations is actually even less valid than the model
of evolution proposed by the mainstream neo-Darwinists.
So, why has this theory become so popular in
recent years? This question can be answered by looking at
the debates within the Darwinist community. Almost all the
proponents of the punctuated equilibrium theory of evolution
are paleontologists. This group, led by such famous paleontologists
as Steven Jay Gould, Niles Eldredge, and Steven M. Stanley,
clearly see that the fossil record disproves the Darwinist
theory. However, they have conditioned themselves to believe
in evolution, no matter what. So for this reason they have
resorted to the punctuated equilibrium theory as the only
way of accounting even in part for the facts of the fossil
On the other hand, geneticists, zoologists, and
anatomists see that there is no mechanism in nature which
can give rise to any "punctuations," and for this reason they
insist on defending the gradualistic Darwinist model of evolution.
The Oxford University zoologist Richard Dawkins fiercely criticizes
the proponents of the punctuated equilibrium model of evolution,
and accuses them of "destroying the theory of evolution's
The result of this dialogue of the deaf is the
scientific crisis the theory of evolution now faces. We are
dealing with an evolution myth which agrees with no experiments
or observations, and no paleontological discoveries. Every
evolutionist theoretician tries to find support for the theory
from his own field of expertise, but then enters into conflict
with discoveries from other branches of science. Some people
try to gloss over this confusion with superficial comments
such as "science progresses by means of academic disputes
of this kind." However, the problem is not that the mental
gymnastics in these debates are being carried out in order
to discover a correct scientific theory; rather, the problem
is that speculations are being advanced dogmatically and irrationally
in order to stubbornly defend a theory that is demonstrably
However, the theoreticians
of punctuated equilibrium have made one important, albeit
unwitting, contribution to science: They have clearly shown
that the fossil record conflicts with the concept of evolution.
Phillip Johnson, one of the world's foremost critics of the
theory of evolution, has described Stephen Jay Gould, one
of the most important punctuated equilibrium theoreticians,
as "the Gorbachev of Darwinism."180 Gorbachev
thought that there were defects in the Communist state system
of the Soviet Union and tried to "reform" that system. However,
the problems which he thought were defects were in fact fundamental
to the nature of the system itself. That is why Communism
melted away in his hands.
The same fate will soon await Darwinism and the
other models of evolution.
Johnson, Objections Sustained, Intervarsity Press,
Illinois, 1998, pp. 77-85.