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Still much to debate about theory of evolution

Updated: December 3, 2012 6:11AM

There’s still much left to debate about the theory of evolution

To claim that creationism is a matter of faith, while evolution is sound science, is to ignore the numerous questions left insufficiently answered or sidestepped by modern evolutionary theory:

How can evolution account for the tremendous amount of intricacy in the universe?

Where is the evidence that new genetic information can be randomly added to an organism’s genetic code?

Where are the innumerable transitional forms that Darwin himself argued would be a prerequisite to the adoption of his theory?

When the creationist raises such questions or dares to posit his own theory, he is silenced and censored. After all, to quote Walter Heffron, who commented on this matter earlier (Letters, Oct. 17): “Creationism is based on religious faith, which is not debatable.”

Is it? Creationists are deeply concerned with discovering the truth of human origins through scientific method.

Merely because the creationist comes to an alternative conclusion does not mean that his views should be disqualified from discussion. It was Aristotle who said, “Rhetoric is useful because things that are true .. have a natural tendency to prevail over their opposites ... .” If we truly desire the truth, should we not allow intellectual honest debate over a controversy as important as this?

Why, then, are evolutionists so intent upon silencing the opposition? Do they have something to hide?

Or do they refuse to accept the creationist’s argument because of their personal preferences rather than scientific objections? Perhaps many evolutionists would agree with Dr. Thomas Nagel, professor of philosophy and law and New York University: “I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.”

As much as I respect Heffron’s opinion, I must say: The debate is far from over.

Christos Dimoulis

South Barrington

Hunting doesn’t help reduce the number of deer-vehicle collisions

November is the peak month for collisions between cars and deer, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It is estimated that about one in every 100 drivers will be involved in a deer-vehicle collision at some point in his or her life.

While hunters invariably point to such tragedies as justification for killing even more deer, the blame for deer-vehicle collisions falls at least partly on their own shoulders.

When hunting season turns deer habitat into a war zone, it’s no wonder that the animals panic and run — often right out onto our roadways.

Hunting also increases deer populations — which increases the likelihood that deer-car collisions will occur.

Immediately following a hunt, there’s less competition for food. The surviving deer are better nourished, which can lead to a higher reproductive rate and lower neonatal mortality.

Drivers should slow down and watch the road carefully — especially during hunting season — and use high-beam headlights at night when there is no oncoming traffic. If you see one deer, watch for more, as they travel in groups. Be safe.

Paula Moore

PETA Foundation

Norfolk, VA

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