There is much controversy over whether or not the Darwinian paradigm of ancient history will affect students ability to learn and grasp a variety of modern experimental activities which is expected of them. Often times, militant defenders of evolution regard it as a religious doctrine if ancient biological history is not included or scaling down science.
Nobel Laureate Ernst Chain made a pretty enormous discovery which was penicillin. He stated in 1942, the theory of evolution had no impact whatsoever on his discovery. Can you imagine someone saying this today, and the scorn that would follow? But Nobel Laureate Ernst Chain had a point, you can say this about more recent discoveries as well. Like how to map genomes for example or the discovery of reverse transcription of RNA, or discovering the structure of the double helix, or adult stem cell research, medications, new operating procedures, or new manufacturing methods and machinery, even food production.
Contrary to some, ancient biological history of evolution has no impact or relevance on synthesizing a new antibiotic, or how medicine can disable a current disease-producing organism.
Tony Reiman a well known expert on body language, and had often times appeared on the O’Reily Factor wrote a book and her book called; “The Power of Body Language” she tries to explain the relevance historical evolution has on her expertise.
“Given that humans of some kind have walked the earth for about to million years, that’s a long time to depend on gestures and grunts to get your point across. But it clearly worked!” -The Power of Body Language (2007).
Speculation on what happened in the unobservable distant past is not going help understand what’s going on with body language in the present. Tonya obviously uses the stories of evolution a lot in her book, but it’s not really helpful understanding current body language at all.
One must be asking, well what does have an impact? The answer is; it’s experimental biology! Experimental science has dramatically increased our understanding of the massive complexity we find in the intricate workings of living organisms that account for their survival.
Science represents a structured discipline of systematic examination for the purpose of obtaining knowledge.
There are no scientific breakthroughs by using the fossil record. While it’s true, the fossil record reveals some interesting observations which I believe confirms God’s Word, and is certainly worth studying no question about it but what I’m saying is, the fossil record doesn’t contain any information in which we can invent something new like in modern medicine. Instead of working with fossilized animals, scientists work with living animals in their studies for new cures and medicine and so on, not historical evolution.
Ancient history of biological evolution with all it’s unobservable and non-testable speculations, and story telling really relevant for today’s science? Would a student’s understanding of new discoveries be affected if he or she didn’t know what happened supposedly millions of years ago? The answer is clearly no!
Historical evolution has no relevance when it comes to experimental science nor does it prepare or help students with future discoveries. Experimental science is the best method for confirming God’s Word, it also gives students a better understanding of science and other things as well like the advancement of mankind.