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Johnson's Competence to critique Evolution,
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This review is from: Objections Sustained : Subversive Essays on Evolution, Law & Culture (Hardcover)
Some of Reviews of this book, while praising Johnson's efforts, conclude that he should stick to the field of his expertise, and not write about "science". We are then urged to read "Origin of the Species" and note how reasoned it is etc. I did read Origin of the Species a couple of times years before Johnson came along. One of the things that bothered me about it was it made such quantum leaps from simple premises to complex conclusions. The problem is with the logic and that is an area that a law professor is eminently equipped to analyze and criticize. It is not difficult to show flaws in logic when Darwin argues from micro changes within a species to the conclusion that macro evolution has occurred from one species to another. As a matter proof, Darwin's logic is flawed. He was lionized primarily because he gave the scientific community something to hang their hats on so that they could espouse a theory (now called fact) that could be substituted for a creation. Johnson should continue his efforts to expose fuzzy thinking.