Before reading this, read this previous post for why it happened. And, by the way, I’ve flipped this from normal blog order so it will be easier to follow (hopefully; the posts are rather long).
So Kevin Porter wrote a paper on why evolution is wrong, and I decided that I should respond to it. There are a lot of confused details that are quite common in the “debate”, and so I tried to address most of them.
The two biggest sources of error with this paper are (1) biased, inaccurate sources, and (2) claims of falsehood about concepts that are not actually understood by claimant (note: problem 2 is actually the cause of problem 1). My general advice for anyone in the same position as Kevin is:
Research your topics carefully. If you don’t understand the subject you are talking about, it is not a great idea to claim that it is false. In fact, that brings me to the main advice; don’t claim that something is wrong if you don’t understand it. Especially if you are basing these claims on someone else’s assertions. This applies to my response as well, of course. Study the material, toss the concepts and contradictions around in your mind, and come to your own conclusions (hence the tag-line for my site).
Also, if you are going to use single sources for concepts, or heavily biased ones, you should do some background research on the authors. If the authors were physicists and biologists who have added much to our body of knowledge, then your claims (based on theirs) will be much more credible to your readers.
And so on. I don’t want to go on at any more length, so I’ll just get on with it. As I’ve said in my disclaimer, I am not an expert on anything, and everything that I have presented is accurate to the best of my knowledge and understanding. If you find anything that is inaccurate, please point it out in the comments.
As for format, the paper is quoted in its entirety in block quotes (thank you Kevin for giving me permission) with my comments interjecting in regular paragraph format. It is broken into two sections.
And with that, proceed to the next post.