This is precisely the kind of information that one needs …

Comment on Dr. Richard Lenski’s “Unicorns” by Richard Gates.

This is precisely the kind of information that one needs to evaluate scientific lab experiments.

It is impressive to read reports, even in reputable science journals, that describe and often interpret experiments in a way which almost invariably reflects the bias of the reporter. However someone knowledgeable in the discipline is always needed to take a closer look at the issues, as has happened in this case.

This is the kind of “peer review” that serves truth.

Thank you for respecting the reader’s intelligence!

Recent Comments by Richard Gates

Avondale College Arguing in Favor of Darwinian Evolution?
I have read thoughtfully and with considerable understanding the main arguments on both sides of the dialogue to this point. It appears to me that a great deal of bias, butressed by assertions, is involved.

Allow me to quote James M. Tour, said to be one of the ten most cited chemists in the world.

“I will tell you as a scientist and a synthetic chemist: If anybody should be able to understand evolution, it is me. because I make molecules for a living…I mean, ab initio, I make molecules…Still I don’t understand evolution.”

“Let me tell you what goes on in the back rooms of science–with National Academy members, with Nobel Prize winners. I have sat with them and when I get them alone, not in public–beause it’s a scary thing, if you say what I just said–I say, “Do you understand all of this, where all of this came from, and how this happens?” Every time that I have sat with people who are synthetic chemists, who undestand this, they go “Uh-uh, Nope”.

“I’ve sat with National Academy members with Noel Prize winners…Sometimes I will say, “Do you understand this?” And if they’re afraid to say “yes”, they say nothing. They just stare at me… But you can’t wave by and say, “this enzyme does that.” You’ve got to get down in the details of where molecules are built. So I sincrely want to know, I would like to believe it, but I just can’t.”

“I was in Israel not too long ago, talking with a bio-engineer, and (he was) describing to me the ear, and he was studying the different changes in the modulus of the ear, and I said, “How does this come about?” And he says “Oh, Jim, you know, we all believe in evolution, but we have no idea how it happened”.

A man’s mind changed against his will….

Wall Street Journal Article: Science making the case for God?
It never stops coming. Admission after admission of increasing doubts about the liklihood of an accidental cause of the origin of life on this planet. Mankind’s unwillingness to admit into the formula a possible “Designer” leads to countless implausible speculations. Once a designer (God) is allowed into the discussion as a possibility, even a probability, then the participants in the discussion must consider having to answer to Him for their actions. For most, that is a very uncomfortable situation.

Richard Gates

Debate between Stephen Meyer and Charles Marshall
Thank you for an intelligent, fact-studded, resume of the debate. I didn’t understand everything, but I suspect few readers will !

Let’s keep raising the issues, keep defending truth as we perceive it. If there is a God, He will aid the arguments to reach willing, investigative, minds, and there will be positive, eternal results.

Like Plato argued, surely this life isn’t all there is to expect. There must be something beyond.

Richard Gates

The Basis of Biblical Credibility
I’ve been watching closely for rational arguments but distressed to see an abundant psychological element.

With such a claimed mass of scientific evidence for organic evolution, it ought to be easy to show an opponent his error.

If there is abundant evidence against a position, it should be made available.

The Adventist Accrediting Association to Approve LSU’s Accreditation
Sean, keep monitoring this situation. We need the information, since we are in effect shareholders in the Corporation of the Adventist Church. We want to know what our funds are “buying”. We also want the “board” of Directors to be faithful to the clearly stated purpose of the “company”. No other thrust, or direction will be acceptable. In this case, I will not withdraw my support because it is God’s church, but it is important that I know what is happening.

Richard Gates