Regarding California State University, Stanislaus, Professor Richard Weikart's contribution to the movie "Expelled" ("X-Man," May 10, Page G-1): I am puzzled about his argument that Darwinism is flawed because Hitler used it to justify evil deeds. Weikart is confusing evolution of species through natural selection with social Darwinism, which speaks to ethics and social engineering and is outside the realm of biochemistry and DNA. Historians regard it as bad theory.
Weikart's criticism of evolution is based on an even weaker argument -- that a scientific discovery is suspect because it leads to bad ends. Don't all great theories get perverted by imperfect or crazy people? Should we go back to teaching the angel theory of planetary motion because the quantum theory led to the development of the A-bomb and the deaths of those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Should we stop teaching germ theory because some terrorist might develop a biological weapon?
Surely Weikart realizes that a theory cannot be criticized on the basis of how it might be used. Religious doctrine has been used to justify slaughter and oppression on a scale far surpassing theories that backers of "Expelled" would describe as "scientific mind poison."
By appearing in the movie, Weikart lends credence to a bogus argument.
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