Richard Leakey: Evolution Debate Will End Soon
In a decade or two, it will be impossible to refute the science, he argues
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2012 11:30 AM CDT
Dr. Richard Leakey in a 2008 file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Richard Leakey predicts skepticism over evolution will soon be history. Not that the avowed atheist has any doubts himself. Sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, the Kenyan-born paleoanthropologist expects scientific discoveries will have accelerated to the point that even skeptics will be swayed. Two quotes from an interview with the 67-year-old Leakey, the son of the late Louis and Mary Leakey.

  • "If you get to the stage where you can persuade people on the evidence, that it's solid, that we are all African, that color is superficial, that stages of development of culture are all interactive, then I think we have a chance of a world that will respond better to global challenges."
  • "If you don't like the word evolution, I don't care what you call it, but life has changed. You can lay out all the fossils that have been collected and establish lineages that even a fool could work up. So the question is why, how does this happen? It's not covered by Genesis. There's no explanation for this change going back 500 million years in any book I've read from the lips of any god."

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Jun 2, 2012 8:05 PM CDT
Evidence is interpreted. Richard Leakey is trying to convince people that his interpretation, his model, is better. To correctly and sufficiently do that, you must thoroughly analyze both models. Mocking jeers and quick dismisal of competing models doesn't work. Everybody agrees that life has changed over time, both informed Creationists and informed Evolutionists. The debate is the direction of the change. Evolution ultimately requires an upward change. The first organism didn't have eyes or legs or organs. Evolution requires change that results in the generation of new useful information. The Creation model says that all creatures were originally created with enormous genetic variability built-in, but creatures could not cross "kinds" (eg, sheep to cat, cat to horse, primates to humans). There are only a few highly controversial evidences for the change evolution requires. Any breeder could testify to the creation model.
Jun 1, 2012 9:15 PM CDT
As long as there are Evangelicals, there will be people who deny evolution. You can add that to taxes,death and change as the only things in life that are certain.
May 27, 2012 5:56 PM CDT
Richard Leakey like Darwin will eventually have his epiphany and have his come to Jesus moment. When he does he will have discovered something that will reveal to him God's omnipresence and magnificence. Or his fellow scientist will claim that he just went bonkers.