“Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny”

Human embryo 4 weeks after fertalisation: about that tail...This must be something of a milestone: in Scientist Answers His Own Question Brian Thomas writes an entire post on evolutionary development without so much as mentioning Haeckel. Replacing mention of the supposedly fraudulent 19th century biologist we instead get an accusation of “begging the question.”

Usually as a last resort, Thomas does like claiming that the research he is commenting on is relying on this logical fallacy, or the related ‘circular reasoning.’ Because they reject evolution, creationists consider fair game any research that merely assumes that evolution occurs – which is everything, as devoting the introduction to your paper to proving that it occurred from, in effect, first principles would be a massive waste of everybody’s time. Continue reading