SANTA ANA, CA -- While many people continue to believe in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, a group of scientists will present overwhelming scientific evidence against Darwin's speculations.
"If Charles Darwin knew 150 years ago what we know today, he likely would not have published Origin of the Species," said John Baumgardner, Ph.D., whose organization, Logos Research Associates, will lead the two-day "Darwin Was Wrong" conference Nov. 13-14 at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
"We can perhaps excuse Darwin, given his ignorance about the true complexity of living organisms and about genetics," said Dr. Baumgardner, a geophysicist whose career was as research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M. "Today's knowledge of molecular biology, however, has made Darwin's imagined single-cell-organism-to-man evolution indefensible."
Seven Ph.D scientists will highlight Darwin’s mistakes from genetics, geology, molecular biology, paleontology and other science areas.
Geneticist John Sanford, Ph.D., will show where Darwin went wrong with natural selection. "It is amazing to me that in this 'year of Darwin,' the whole world is bowing down to this man even while modern science is proving him wrong on all fronts," said Dr. Sanford, vice president of Logos and inventor of the world-famous "gene gun" while a Cornell professor in the 1980s. "Natural selection happens but it does not do what Darwin needed it to do. Darwin built a worldview that has come to be the governing paradigm of the intellectual community; that worldview is now collapsing in the face of new advances in science."
Another Logos founding scientist, geologist Steven A. Austin, Ph.D., has traveled to southern Argentina to document Darwin's geological mistakes. "Let nobody confuse you -- Darwin was a geologist, but he was wrong about geology," said Dr. Austin, who just returned from leading a Geological Society of America field trip to Mount St. Helens, Wash., where volcanic eruptions in 1980 and 1982 formed in just hours what many geologists had thought took much longer to form. "Mount St. Helens proved these changes can occur in days - not millions or billions of years."
Other conference speakers include:
Dr. Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Ind., and a chaplain for the Indiana Pacers basketball and Indianapolis Colts football teams, who will show Darwin's errors regarding race and the legacy of racial conflict;
Pastor Chuck Smith, senior pastor and teacher at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, who will address how Darwin was wrong about God.
Robert Carter, Ph.D., a marine biologist, who will discuss Darwin’s mistakes regarding the complexity of life and the origin of man;
Jerry Bergman, Ph.D., a biologist who has recently written a book called The Slaughter of the Dissidents that details the automatic expulsion from academic circles of those who criticize or question evolution. He will show how Darwin was wrong about the so-called tree of life, one of evolution's major icons;
Marcus Ross, Ph.D., a paleontologist who will address Darwin's errors regarding the fossil record;
Thomas McMullen, Ph.D., who will demonstrate how Darwin was wrong about science.