20th Century Geniuses

Los Angeles, December 15, 2005

Last night, close to midnight I turned the TV on, selected PBS Channel 3, and watched Charlie Rose interview James Watson, the Nobel Prize winning scientist who discovered the genetic structure of DNA, and another scientist, Edward Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Harvard.

They were promoting two new books about Charles Darwin, the inventor of the Theory of Evolution.

I could not help thinking that this interview must have been arranged to occur on the eve of the King Kong movie opening night. There has been a dearth of commercial movies lately, no doubt this broadcast would boost the box office receipts for this "classic" story about the beauty and the beast, a giant gorilla's tragic love for a blond girl.

It was an ironic coincidence, as it turned out. Professor Edward Wilson offered James Watson a compliment, namely that James Watson and Charles Darwin were two of the most important men in science.

Watson demurred at first; he did not wish to put himself on the same scale, but he was finally obliged to accept the compliment to some extent. Watson elaborated further on the contribution of Darwin to science and finally argued that Darwin was the most important man who ever lived. Wilson was delighted by the conclusion and quickly agreed.

At the end of the interview, Charlie Rose concluded that this interview was the most important of all the thousands of interviews he had conducted.

Here are some of the most important points of the interview:

1) Watson said that from Darwin's book, "The Origin of the Species," we knew how things worked; that is with respect to nature and the universe.

2) Wilson said that no religion could explain human nature and how man and the animals came into being.

3) Wilson added that the only discovery that will outdo "The Theory of Evolution" would be if someone discovered "how the human mind worked."

4) "If I were 25 or 20 years old, I would study that," Watson said. "That is if the genetic structure of DNA was already discovered."

5) Both Watson and Wilson agreed that no serious scientist could possibly believe in Creation and the Bible.

6) Watson said that the closest relative to man was the Chimpanzee, the difference being only a matter of a few genes.

7) Watson went on to say that a few genes also decided the differences between healthy people and unhealthy people, that it was random selection that some individuals were born with certain defects. He added that "genetics is unfair."

8) Furthermore, Watson said that people are different; "these differences aren't dictated by upbringing or nutrition, but by random genes that they inherit from their parents."

9) Charlie Rose concluded that this was the most profound statement he had ever heard.

I decided not to see King Kong after all. I do not wish to put Charlie Rose down; he does a fair job of interviewing people. However, I do not agree that Charles Darwin is the most important man who ever lived. That just shows the bias of our age.

I believe we should take a broader view of what is important in life. The very admission that the only discovery that would outdo "The Theory of Evolution" would be if someone discovered how the human mind worked, is very revealing of man's intellectual arrogance.

To me not knowing how the mind works is an admission that we do not know why some people believe there is a God and why some people believe there is no God. Most modern scientists and university professors are atheists. In fact, by definition, an intellectual is someone who does not believe in God. These people dominate the educational process. They have turned an entire generation into atheists. For the last three centuries atheists have choked the life out of Christian societies. In the US, they are threatening to overrun the government and social institutions. It is time for American Christians to rise and debate the atheists on the Bible and the existence of God. Let us find out how the human mind works.

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