Originally Posted by Peter
The book in question is called Why Evolution is True
. I didn't recommend it and haven't actually read it; I have read much about evolution from a variety of scientist-authors and need no further convincing. I was pleased however when you said you
were reading it, as it is a perfectly well-reputed popular science work on the subject. The fact is that the evidence for the truth of evolution is so overwhelming, so enormous, that I don't think an open mind is a completely appropriate response. The theory has stood up to over 150 years of non-stop assaults on it without the slightest dent ever being made, and every time a new area of science opens up related to the field, areas that could not even be dreamed of when the theory was first formulated, all that happens is the theory gets further confirmed. That sort of thing is why people believe in General Relativity, it works every time you apply it and stands up to every test, including tests that hadn't even been thought of when Einstein's genius first illuminated all our understandings. In short, you might as well have an open mind about heliocentricity.
Not of course telling you what to think, just saying what I think. But my belief really is based on an awful lot of reading and thinking about something that has always fascinated me. For anyone who might be interested, I believe this
is the thread Vivat and Wessexman have been referencing. I should mention that it is evident on it that Wessexman and I were far from enjoying our present cordial relations back then, but it doesn't get too bad in that regard and in fact there is a distinct thawing as the thread goes on (albeit there were further freezes ahead, of which I hope we will have no more).