The theory of evolution via natural selection is widely regarded by scientists and evolutionists as an extremely powerful theory that can help explain a wide diversity of natural phenomena and guide multifarious biological inquires. This may perhaps lead one to think that it’s a very complex, intricate theory that it’s difficult to understand and make sense of. The reality, however, is that it’s actually a fairly “simple” theory that can be apprehended through logical reasoning alone.
The rationality of Darwinism
When the theory of evolution via natural selection was first presented to the world some 160 years ago, it faced much resistance and mockery, in large part because it flew in the face of the widely held belief that an almighty God created all of life in its present form. In the time that has passed since then, the scientific community has embraced the fundamental, evolutionary concept that Charles Robert Darwin described in his renowned book On the Origin of Species; however, the same cannot be said for all laymen.
In some parts of the world, Darwin’s (r)evolutionary idea still faces quite a bit of opposition, much of which is generated and maintained by people raised in a very religious household. This isn’t that surprising in light of the fact that Darwinism and creationism are at odds with one another. It does highlight something very important about the human mind though, which is that it’s disposed to disregard or overlook things that appear obvious and reasonable in favor of things that appear obscure and unreasonable, given that a belief in the latter things are imprinted in it early on and upheld by peer pressure/social influences.
When compared with the belief that the great diversity and complexity of life on this planet were put into place, in its present form, as a result of a divine act or complete randomness, the belief in Darwinian evolution appears to be on a whole other level with respects to its reasonability and logicality. One doesn’t have to be a skilled scientist to reach this conclusion; all one has to do is have a look at how things work in nature.
Such an examination will quickly reveal that organisms, including organisms of the same species, vary with respects to their design and behavior, as well as their reproductive success. Furthermore, one will quickly deduce that there’s a degree of overlap between the traits of parents and offspring and that this heritability is relevant to the organisms’ reproductive success. Put together, this equals evolution via natural selection.
Quite recently, I created the infographic included at the top of this post in order to illustrate this concept. Hopefully it can help accentuate the fundamentals of natural selection.
Numerous scientific experiments underpin the idea that natural selection is constantly at work, sculpting life. These studies are certainly good to have and help illustrate the particulars of biological evolution; however, they aren’t outright required to understand that Darwin was onto something, given that one can deduce that natural selection is “in effect” in nature simply from observing the nature and workings of life.
This is not to say that Darwin’s most famous theory is all we need to make complete sense of nature, that future studies won’t add to evolutionary science, or that it’s been proven that a higher power doesn’t exist; however, it clearly suggests that the theory of evolution via natural selection is valid and durable. My purpose with my writings on evolution is not to try to force people to adopt a Darwinian view of the world, convert creationists, or anything like that, but rather to highlight the logicality, nature, and power of Darwinism.