Lets end this debbate surrounding Doctor Gould

Creationists have for a long time claimed that Dr Steven Jay Gould basically argues creationism, this is of course built on quote-mines and cherry picking, lets explore the creationist claim:
The most commonly used quote-mine by creationists is:

”Failure to note subsequent evolutionary change within them (fossils) is the proper prediction of evolutionary theory
as we understand it.”

Creationists cut it of there, but he actually goes on:
”Transitional forms are generally lacking at the species level, but they are abundant between larger groups.”

and

”Evolution proceeds in two major modes. In the first, phyletic transformation, an entire population changes from one state to another. …. The second mode, speciation, replenishes the earth. New species branch off from a persisting parental stock .”

Gould is simply arguing that the fossil record has a lot of holes, that in no way argues against evolution, science deals with the evidence we HAVE, not the evidence we so not have. This becomes clear from this quote:

”For if new species arise by transformation of entire ancestral populations, and if we almost never see the transformation (because species are essentially static through their range), then our record must be hopelessly incomplete.”

To close this debate once and for all, this is Gould’s opinion in creationists using his work to support their claim:
” It is infuriating to be quoted again and again by creationists—whether through design or stupidity, I do not know”

/Lucian Macandrew

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