David Sloan Wilson in This View of Life:
Imagine if Darwin could be transported to the present and learn what has become of his theory. What would excite him the most? Would anything disturb or disappoint him? TVOL has polled some of the most distinguished evolutionists of our day and we are pleased to provide their answers as our gift to Darwin and his admirers on his 206th Birthday!
Pleased by the Dover Decision
Darwin would surely be pleased by the following statement from Judge John E. Jones III in the Dover decision of December 20, 2005, against the teaching of Intelligent Design in the U.S. public schools: “The leading proponents of ID make a bedrock assumption which is utterly false. Their presupposition is that evolutionary theory is antithetical to a belief in the existence of a supreme being and to religion in general. Repeatedly in this trial, Plaintiffs’ scientific experts testified that the theory of evolution represents good science, is overwhelmingly accepted by the scientific community, and that it in no way conflicts with, nor does it deny, the existence of a divine creator.”
–Francisco J. Ayala, University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences,University of California, Irvine.