A common criticism thrown at me and my associates relates to the age of the earth and evolution. Our critics will sometimes ridicule the idea that non-extinct pterosaurs “disprove” evolution or prove that the world is 6,000 years old. What they fail to mention, however, is that they construct a sentence or two, in their own words, as if it were our words or our precise purposes. Here’s one example:
“. . . they [including Whitcomb and Woetzel] believed that the ropen . . . will prove that the world is actually 6,000 years old” [article “Ropen Hoax”]
The above is actually a straw man argument, which is an informal fallacy. It can make your opponent look silly, even though the one putting forth the straw man argument has constructed something as if it were from the opponent. David Woetzel and I [Jonathan Whitcomb] have each written a scientific paper (separate ones) in a peer-reviewed journal of science, yet the critic did not quote anything from our articles but instead constructed an overly simplistic explanation of our intentions. Beware of the critic who ridicules someone else’s intentions.
What is Evolution?
How many persons have used the word evolution as if it referred to one concise meaning! David Berlinski once said the following:
One of my prevailing doctrines about Darwinian theory is ‘Man, that thing is just a mess. It’s like looking into a room full of smoke.’ Nothing in the theory is precisely, clearly, carefully defined or delineated.
In reality, the word evolution has no single precise meaning. One concept relates to a popular origin philosophy: extreme naturalism. The natural-selection idea of Charles Darwin includes the assumption that it caused small simple organisms to evolve into large complex ones. This concept has many huge problems that have never been solved by evolutionists. I myself have proven, through my Evolutionary Boundary simulations, that natural selection actually prevents the changes Darwin assumed took place. In other words, my own experiment demonstrated that survival of the fittest does the opposite of what Darwin imagined: It makes molecules-to-man evolution impossible.
Part of my Purpose
I have written well over a thousand blog posts over the past twelve years, articles about sightings of ropens or apparent long-tailed pterosaurs or closely related subjects connected to apparent modern pterosaurs. I have also written eight editions of three nonfiction books about those flying creatures. Yet my purpose has not been to lead people away from science into imaginative visions about cryptozoology but to lead people to think for themselves and to think more clearly.
The official scientific discovery of a species of modern pterosaur, acknowledged in Western science—that can help many persons to wake up and ask why we have been indoctrinated so deeply into an idea that is false. That is part of the awakening that is part of my purpose, whatever people want to think about the age of the earth.
Living-pterosaur expert Jonathan Whitcomb (left) interviewed, in Long Beach, California, for a Canadian television show (May of 2012)
Ancient extinctions of all pterosaurs and dinosaurs, an idea repeated constantly in the media and in education, supports the philosophy of Strict Naturalism.
Two television adventure shows (semi-documentary) were broadcast by two different production teams, yet that was not enough to prevent the skeptics from eliminating that [ropen] page on Wikipedia.
As of early 2015, the ropen remains within the realm of cryptozoology rather than official biology, for it is not yet acknowledged to be a living species according to Western biologists.
Believe what you will about Darwin’s contributions to science, but most of my associates and I have rejected the unlimited-common-ancestry philosophy of Darwin . . .
But the second excursion brought us [to] eyewitnesses of the ropen, including . . . Gideon Koro. He and six other boys had been terrorized by the huge ropen years earlier.
Standard models of evolution assert that all species of dinosaurs and pterosaurs became extinct long ago and that their fossils are evidence for unlimited common ancestry [scientific paper by Whitcomb]
. . . we have two authors whose books either imply or describe apparent modern pterosaurs (AKA “pterodactyls”) in British Columbia [“pterodactyl” attacks on humans]