Credits for the evolution theory is mostly given to Charles Darwin, particularly for writing the book “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.” In this book, he introduced his idea of how species have developed on Earth through the process of natural selection. Carl Safina, however, thinks we need to let go of this connection. In his essay published in the New York Times, he explains how the connection between Charles Darwin and the Evolution Theory is strongly done, or perhaps even overdone, and that we must abandon this tie in order to fully understand the evolution theory, and possibly develop it more.
What I found interesting in his article was his way of arguing: Carl Safina’s argumentative essay had a touch of narrative story. He started his writing with a direct quote from Charles Darwin’s father. The historical facts he included, such as the primitiveness of science in Darwin’s day, were done chronologically and contributed to the feeling of narrative story. At the same time, he did not forget to connect the facts to his argument. Effectively intertwining the narrative part with his strong argumentative sentences increased credibility in his argument. However, the same technic made the essay look repetitive. Around half of the essay, his argument was clearly stated with enough backing evidences that the rest of the essay was just additional evidence and repeating the argument.
Overall, I agree with what Carl Safina is saying. Scientific theories are not defined as definitive: they no longer will be theories if they have any form of counter evidence that disputes them. This also means that theories will stay theories as long as they have no counter evidence. If we start to “believe in Darwinism” and make no arguments in whether or not it is true, evolution theory and eventually science itself will stay stagnant and make no more progress.