I think all good science employs a basic concept. That is challenging the assumptions of other theories. Intelligent Design challenges the assumption that life could arise solely from natural processes. Creation science challenges the assumptions of the uniformitarian views of the Earth and the Universe.
The case of Gregor Mendel1 is a case in point.
At first Mendel’s work was rejected, and it was not widely accepted until after he died. The common belief at the time was that Darwin‘s theory of pangenes were responsible for inheritance. The modern synthesis uses Mendelian genetics.
So, here is one example of how challenging evolutionary assumptions advances science in a way that is applicable and beneficial to society. Mendel’s work was not highly regarded at the time. The scientific consensus was against him. But what has history shown?
Einstein also challenged consensus and contemporary notions.2
His paper on the particulate nature of light put forward the idea that certain experimental results, notably the photoelectric effect, could be simply understood from the postulate that light interacts with matter as discrete “packets” (quanta) of energy, an idea that had been introduced by Max Planck in 1900 as a purely mathematical manipulation, and which seemed to contradict contemporary wave theories of light (Einstein 1905a). This was the only work of Einstein’s that he himself called “revolutionary.
Louis Pasteur challenged widely accepted notions of abiogenesis.3
Louis demonstrated that the fermentation process is caused by the growth of microorganisms, and that the growth of microorganisms in nutrient broths is not due to spontaneous generation but rather to biogenesis (Omne vivum ex ovo).
So, for me, the moral of the story is that you must always question the basic assumptions in science. Intelligent Design theory and Creation science do that very well in my opinion.
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