Re: BIO: Help wanted explaining evolution to students

Max More (
Fri, 19 Sep 1997 21:17:40 -0700

At 05:36 PM 9/19/97 -0500, you wrote:
>> They make take offense, but I would stand by my view that their belief is
>> not in accordance with the evidence. Surely you are not suggesting that a
>> Ph.D. in physics can rationally hold that "every word of the Old Testament
>> is unvarnished and unmetaphorical fact"? The Earth is only a few thousand
>> years old? God created Adam and Eve and there was no evolution. Such a
>> physics Ph.D. would have a faith in both senses of the term -- a belief in
>> a doctrine, and a belief insensitive to evidence.
>Actually, he believes that the Universe is several billion years old
>on Hubble constant, and that evolution is obviously the explanation for all
>human biology. In fact, he has exactly your attitude towards creationists
>make up elaborate reasons why evolution has some tiny flaw.

Whoa! Now I'm really puzzled. How can he simultaneously believe in the
literal truth of the BIble and believe in evolution? The Genesis story is
incompatible with evolution. I suppose he can accept a universe billions of
years old, but he MUST also believe the earth was created in six days (and
that God, pooped out after that effort took a day off to recuperate)
because it clearly says that in the Bible.


Max More, Ph.D.
President, Extropy Institute:,