155,615 words in something called Origin of Species.
Of those words, “evolve” is mentioned only once. You heard it right.
As for “evolution” or “evolving” or some other variant, zip. Nada. Nothing.
Isn’t that funny?
Now, the word “variation” comes up 188 times.
And the word “selection” comes up 414 times.
Here’s the reason why.
As a methodical man, Charles Robert Darwin was most interested in convincing lots of good, smart people, in this radical idea that the thing we call “species” was changing over time.
CRD also knew that a lot of those same people were big on the Big Guy, the big light in the sky, the ultimate authority, GOD.
CRD had no interest in taking on religion, that wasn’t his aim. His only goal was to show people that species weren’t sitting still. Some species had walked the Earth long ago and disappeared. That implied that new species were being created. CRD had to figure out how to show people what he’d learned.
Law of Nature Number One: Each one of your children is different. And attached to this law is another: Each of your children is different from all other children. It’s another way of saying all of us are unique. Even identical twins stop being identical the moment they are born.
Any problems with this? Do you disagree? Then check out a worm, and another worm. If you look long enough you will see differences. That’s a Law of Nature.
Law of Nature Number Two: Some differences help you have more babies. Do you know any couples who have trouble making kids? What about race horses? The owners of famous stallions who win big races make lots of money selling that horses baby-making bits. As long as horse racing is a big sport, there’s a good chance lots of fast-horse babies are going to be born.
Any problems with number two? If not, we’re ready for the big finale.
Putting both of these Laws of Nature together creates a process of change. Every individual is unique. Every individual has a different number of babies. And so on.
Biologists thought they were doing everyone a favor long ago when they applied the term “evolution” to the process. It seems harmless enough. What they didn’t realize was that they were making it harder for us non-biologists to follow along. Bad marketing.
As a result, we have arguments with GOD over whether or not evolution exists. Here’s the funny thing. Evolution doesn’t exist, just like “falling” doesn’t exist. Falling is a process of being up, and then suddenly being down. We don’t have schools teaching “falling” as a subject. Instead we have physics and gymnastics.
Similarly, we shouldn’t be teaching evolution in school. We must stick to the laws of nature: we’re all unique, and we’re all going to have different numbers of children.
That’s a horse you shouldn’t bet against.