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Evolution and Ernst Mayr

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

If evolution is true, you would never know it from Ernst Mayr.

In fact, as we will see below, Ernst Mayr may have been one of the first to plainly, but not fully, articulate The Natural Selection Paradox! Read on.

Have you heard of Ernst Mayr? According to Wikipedia, he was one of the 20th century’s leading evolutionary biologists. This rather bland description is an understatement. According to the info on one of his last books (he lived to be 100 years old!) in 2001, he is “one of the great shining figures of evolutionary biology” and “the Darwin of the 20th century.”

And shine he did. Like a hidden light in the darkness. You can learn many reasons why evolutionary theory should be suspect by reading his 2001 book, “What Evolution Is.”

We like this book because, ironically, this book shows a bit too honestly what evolution is. In other words, for the careful, unwashed reader, this book is more effective at showing what evolution is not.

For example, in Chapter 2 entitled “What is the Evidence for Evolution on Earth,” the first evidence, of course, is the fossil record. However, only two paragraphs in, Mayr confronts the actual fossil evidence with this remarkably honest admission: “This raises a puzzling question: Why does the fossil record fail to reflect the gradual change one would expect from evolution?”

Good question! In fact, the fossils are only “evidence for evolution” in the sense of everything must be “evidence” for a theory held by faith in spite of the evidence.

Did you know that Darwin stated the fossil record did not support evolution? And, did you know that the fossil record does not support evolution in Mayr’s day? We suspect not. We suspect that the fossil record was fed to you as proof of evolution on earth.

The fact that the fossil record is taken as proof of evolution when it objectively does not even support evolution is actually proof of another sort: proof that people tend to believe a the only theory presented to them by people they trust. And they believe not because of the evidence, but in spite of the evidence.

You can trust Mayr. He was 100% evolutionist when he wrote those words. And he said that the fossil record fails to reflect the gradual change of evolutionary processes.

In one more important example, Mayr confirms Creation Reformation’s view stated in The Natural Selection Paradox:

Natural selection did nothing to cause or explain any evolutionary change in any ancestor of all current living things.—The Natural Selection Paradox (If evolution of all life forms is a fact.)

Mayr attempts to describe what natural selection “does” in nature. He answers “who does the selecting?” by contrasting natural selection with artificial selection (breeding). He writes: “But, strictly speaking, there is no such agent involved in natural selection. What Darwin called natural selection is actually a process of elimination.”

You can trust Mayr. He is 100% evolutionists. And he is plainly stating the objective truth in nature. Natural selection does nothing (nothing!) to explain the creation and existence for all the survivors (those not eliminated in the “process of elimination”) in nature, and human beings are one of them!

That, Creation Reformation World and others, is The Natural Selection Paradox in the words of Mayr. And on that basis (and knowing that Mayr abruptly became a staunch creationist on February 3, 2005) we will join hands with him and continue to loudly proclaim: Natural Selection as an explanation for the creation of (natural selection can only act on already-created beings) or the existence of (natural selection is a process of elimination; it plays no role for the survivors) every existing life form is a lie.

Natural selection as an explanation for creating you is a deadly lie.

Don’t believe a lie.

Think about it.

Photo of Ernst Mayr: By University of Konstanz – Meyer A. (2005). “On the Importance of Being Ernst Mayr”. PLoS Biology 3 (5): e152. DOI:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030152., CC BY 2.5,


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