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But if the Darwinian theory of natural selection were true, fossils would by now have revealed hundreds of thousands of such examples.Species adapt themselves to their environment, but there are very few transmutations.Why look to Darwin, who made so many mistakes, rather than to Mendel? Neo-Darwinism was part scientific and in part a religion, or anti-religion.Its most famous exponent alive, Richard Dawkins, said that Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually satisfied atheist.Charles Darwin, whose bearded face looks out at us from the £10 note, is about to be replaced by Jane Austen. Funnily enough, in the course of my researches, I found both pride and prejudice in bucketloads among the ardent Darwinians, who would like us to believe that if you do not worship Darwin, you are some kind of nutter.I’ve spent the past five years of my life writing his biography and mastering his ideas. He has become an object of veneration comparable to the old heroes of the Soviet Union, such as Lenin and Stalin, whose statues came tumbling down all over Eastern Europe 20 and more years ago.
It now looms over the stairs brooding over the visitors.
It is a theory whose truth is NOT universally acknowledged.
But when genetics got going there was also a revival, especially in Britain, of what came to be known as neo-Darwinism, a synthesis of old Darwinian ideas with the new genetics.
Now that we have replaced Darwin on the tenner with the more benign figure of Miss Austen, is this not the moment to reconsider taking down his statue from the Natural History Museum, and replacing him with the man who was sitting on the staircase until 2009 — the museum’s founder, Richard Owen?
It would be easy to represent what I am about to attempt here as part of an unseemly struggle over the body of Moses. — and so here come the Reformed, late to the game, hindered in this particular footrace by the ball and chain of predestination. Now, I don’t want to be a participant in unseemly struggles, retroactively claiming somebody for “our side,” that somebody being now deceased.