Darwin Was A Hack, Says Geneticist

    July 21, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

A retired Italian scientist says not all critics of evolution come from strict supporters of creationism.

Genetics do not explain the present form of life, so genetic mutations can’t explain their origin. That is the contention of author Giuseppe Sermonti, whose book Why is a Fly Not a Horse? has been translated into English and made available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and bookstores everywhere.

The announcement for Dr. Sermonti’s book comes on the anniversary of the day John Scopes was found guilty of teaching Darwinism, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, in a Tennessee school in 1925. That event led to the Scopes Monkey Trial, where lawyer Clarence Darrow faced a prosecution aided by William Jennings Bryan in what has become a famous court case.

Eighty years later, Dr. Sermonti, a retired Professor of Genetics at the University of Perugia, contends examples exist in nature that go against Darwin’s theories. “He shows that there are more things in life than are dreamt of in Darwinian philosophy,” said biochemist Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box, in the announcement.

As might be expected, Dr. Sermonti has drawn criticism online for being a creationist. A web search for his name turns up an assortment of his own comments along with the usual jeers and catcalls. So is the author an anti-Darwin crank, overexposed to mystical ideas, or just a scientist who found an emptiness in his profession and seeks to find a greater purpose to life?

Questioning a line of thought or belief, whether it is Mr. Darrow or Dr. Sermonti asking the questions, should be encouraged. That’s the only way to get answers in life.

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