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From: Ross Olson [ross{at}rossolson.org]
Sent: July 31, 2008
To: Editor US News and World Report (letters{at}usnews.com)
Subject: Devolution


Your foray into evolution (August 4 - 11) is unfortunately typical of scientific writing when it touches the topic of evolution. An honest evolutionist would have told you that the origin of life has NO possible natural explanation and needs a "natural miracle." Exobiology is hopelessly credible in believing that wherever life might possibly survive, it must have arisen. Do cars spontaneously assemble themselves on every highway?

As to progress, there is indeed change in the human genome but it is downhill. (See "Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome" by J.C. Sanford.) If your writers had the qualifications and the courage to question the ruling paradigm, they would note that the increase in autism is not explained by selective mating of people with the tendency but has to represent selection of something -- and that something is a downward genetic change. And to think of the ability to digest lactose as a new favorable mutation boggles the imagination. Does anybody remember that human milk contains large amounts of lactose? Did babies die for millions of years until some of them developed the ability to digest it? Of course not! Lactose intolerance is a downhill mutation and so is politically correct journalism. Somebody with guts needs to expose "evolutiongate."

Ross S. Olson MD