Re: Report: Francis Collins presentation

From: Freeman, Louise Margaret <>
Date: Tue Oct 25 2005 - 12:23:28 EDT

I'm unclear what "truncated" means in this context. Also, it appears from
your report that Collins avoided the many problems with evolution. Think of
someone arguing for geocentrism without mentioning retrograde motion.
 To the best of my recollection, "truncated" meant "broken off" and the
point was that the genes were broken at the exact letter.

And, though I would nt presume to speak for Dr. Collins, my best guess if
that he would say that there are actually not that many problems with
evolution as a theory (or unifying principle) and that virtually no one is
challenging it on a pure scientific basis. He described evidence in support
of evolution as "rock solid" and made it clear that it is not something at
the fringes of science. A serious challenge to evolution would require the
overturning of major principles in a variety of scientific fields.
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