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2.0 out of 5 stars Watch the pictures, forget the commentary, 8 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Galapagos [DVD] (DVD)
Yet another BBC propoganda exercise.

Whilst the photography is stunning, the underlying raison d'etre for the series - the claim that this is where Darwin got the idea for the theory that carries his name - is sheer horse pucky.

Darwin did visit the islands, and did collect specimens. But it turns out that it was other people's analysis of the specimens that Darwin latched on to (he was no great shakes at any kind of science, not even by the standards of the 1830s.)

The famous "Darwin's Finches" - supposedly "the" Galapagos evidence, along with the tortoises - has subsequently turned out to be completely meaningless as evidence for evolution since the crucial variations in beak shape and size have been shown to occur in a manner that has little or nothing to do with Darwin's (allegedly plagiarised) views on "natural selection".

So, pretty? Yes.
Educational? Only if you believe in fairy stories.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2011 18:49:28 BDT
Tom says:
I'm confused by your review - the Galapagos islands have become synonymous with Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution by means of natural selection, so why bother watching it if you evidently don't accept evolution? You provide no further evidence as to how you believe that his theory was 'allegedly plagiarised', which in itself is interesting given that you think he was 'no great shakes at any kind of science'. Did he steal ideas from other people who were bad at science, giving rise to bad science that has persisted and gathered reams upon reams of evidence in all the years since?

Given the views you express above, I can only assume that you believe in creationism, which lends a delightful tint of irony to your final sentence.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2011 01:36:30 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012 10:57:22 GMT
Andy Briggs says:
"BTW, Darwinism has NOT been supported by any great body of evidence, let alone "reams and reams"."

Nonsense. Darwinism underpins all of modern biology, medicine and genetics, and is accepted by 99.999% of the world's scientists simply because there *is* a huge body of evidence supporting it and absolutely *none* to the contrary, unless you count the laughable "fairy stories" of idiot Creationists. Go speak to a few real scientists and do some reading before making such ludicrous statements.

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Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2012 18:53:46 GMT
Hi Andy

If I've understood what AJ is getting at it might be helpful if you take account of the differences between "Darwinism" and "Evolution"?

Darwin's thinking centered on natural selection as it's driving force. Modern evolutionists recognised as far back as the 1920s that pure Darwinism was not adequate to explain the evolutionary process and the development of the "modern synthesis", based on maths and a growing understanding of the importance of genetic inheritance (pioneered by Mendel and apparently ignored by Darwin, though Mendel sent him a copy of his initial research), and gathered pace into the 1930s.

According to Darwinian thinking, natural selection is adequate to explain both micro-evolution and, through the accumulation of micro-evolutionary steps, macroevolution. Modern evolutionists have accepted for quite some time that that is not true.

To accuse AJ of making "ludicrous statements" without taking account of the effect of modern science on evolution research and concepts seems, if you'll forgive me saying so, rather short-sighted.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012 20:56:57 GMT
Andy Briggs says:
Oh, I totally agree with you Kriss. Modern evolutionary theory is far removed from Darwin's original and simplistic idea - after all, science has had more than 100 years to refine and develop Darwinism, and modern thinking is able to explain observations which the science of Darwin's day simply could not. However, calling Darwinian evolution "fairy stories" is, and will remain, a ludicrous statement.

"Modern evolutionists have accepted for quite some time that that is not true." I would add the caveat that it's not *necessarily* true in *all* cases.

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Red Baron says:
If there was any evidence which contradicted the theory of evolution, scientists would immediately accept that the Theory of Evolution or at least some elements of it, are wrong and would look for new solutions, based on the new evidence. That is the very definition of the scientific method.

The thing is... ALL of the evidence (more than 100 years of research) has proven "The Theory of" Evolution to be right. If contradictory evidence ever arises, rest assured, so will the science and the theory.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012 08:41:36 BDT
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