To the Editor:

I’d like to respond to Mark Winegar’s letter to the editor on Jan 11, titled “Evolution is not a hypothesis, legislators.”

The reason many people and scientists are challenging the “Grand Theory” of evolution is because of the discovery of new substantiated information about our world that was unknown 50 years ago. Mr. Winegar refers to one example of this, that being the fact that the human genome has been sequenced enabling new medical research. The 3 billion DNA base pairs in the human genome contain all the information needed to build and maintain our bodies.

Yes, but that coded information which is present in each cell of a person’s body hardly points to random naturalistic development. Rather such highly structured engineering information points to an intelligent designer. Someone drew up the blueprint. Good luck developing such intricate complexity in 5 billion years of chance occurrences. The probability of developing even a single living cell with all mechanisms coming into function simultaneously to sustain itself is statistically zero.

Neither evolution nor creation can be verified by scientific methods because we can’t observe the beginning. But as we learn more about how complex and intricate the human body is, it’s taking a lot more faith to suppose we just evolved by chance.

Students should at least have an opportunity to study evidences for both evolution and intelligent design in an objective, open-minded, and tolerant manner.

Ivan Van Dusseldorp