This is an examination of Darwinism as a flawed theory fraught with deception, error and questionable morality.
Darwin’s theory of evolution has become the scientific equivalent of the bad penny, consistently turning up where it’s least wanted. More than ever, counter-theorists, opponents and antagonists clamor to unseat the most controversial scientific theory in history with something that seems sensible, like a good pair of shoes. The End of Darwinism is careful to avoid partisanship, steering clear of downright endorsement of the anti-Darwin favorites creationism and intelligent design, but it unabashedly makes its case that evolution—and Darwin’s methodology in particular—is riddled with error and soaked in snake oil. For Windchy, Darwin’s infamy is only underscored by events of the last century since publication of “The Origin of the Species.” For example, evolution’s tag line, “survival of the fittest,” has been adopted by tyrants the world over as scientific justification for genocide and ethnic cleansing. Further, scientists often endorse evolutionary theory but really don’t believe it; textbooks are riddled with phony examples of bad science as “proof” of natural selection; and even mathematicians criticize Darwin’s theory as “nonsensical.” So, why is the theory of evolution, so loved by tyrants and hated by mathematicians, continuing to endure and plague us? For Windchy, the answer is basic—spineless adherence to the “religious sect” that has sprung up around Darwin. His critics recoil at the prospect of public scorn and ridicule, should they speak their opposition. Clearly, the author is not concerned with fallout from the hazards of a free press, and this is a saving grace for the book. Windchy’s scrappy, in-your-face, unapologetic treatment of the subject gives the reader no room to sit on the fence. This book is all-in and makes no compromises for timid apologists or die-hard advocates. The End of Darwinism may not be a game changer in the anti-evolution debate, but it does deliver rib-sticking food for thought.
Unrepentant, accessible prose mixed with some cranky arguments, but intellectually engaging and provocative.