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From: Ross Olson [ross{at}rossolson.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2005 12:19 AM
To: Smithsonian (LettersED{at}si.edu)
Subject: Darwin

Let me see if I have this straight. Darwin (December 2005) was not overly impressed with the Galapagos data while he was collecting it, thinking that the differences in finches were variations -- which would have been compatible with creation. It was only after years away from the experience and having gotten abstract about it, along with the assurances of a guy named Gould, that he began to believe the varieties were different species. He then proceeded to combine a belief in unlimited variation with the mistaken notion that the arbitrary category "species" is equivalent to the Genesis kind, mixing the whole thing into a theory that makes protozoa into paleontologists, after which he was lionized by the waiting world.

Ross Olson