Bergman on Bergson – Typical YEC Scholarship
Jerry Bergman is well know to those of us who follow creationism – in the past he has blamed Darwin(ism) for practically every ill that afflicts the modern world and regularly publishes “historical” work in the journals of the Answers in Genesis and teh Creation Research Society. Bergman’s history is deeply flawed and he twists facts to suit his pre-ordained position (like many YEC commentators).
Bergman has recently written a piece for ICR Impact discussing the French philosopher, Henri Bergson, author of L’Evolution créatrice (1907, not 1944 as Bergman indicates). The articles begins:
An anti-Darwinian theory of biological origins that was well received and widely accepted for years was creative evolution. This theory attempted to deal with some of the major problems of Darwin’s theory, especially the origin of biological information. Developed by Henri Bergson, the level of the theory’s acceptance is indicated by the fact that the author was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in this area. It is the only Nobel ever awarded for an anti-Darwinian theory of biological origins.
As Bergson’s theory is adequately discussed here, it will suffice for me to point out (as Bergman himself nottes) that Bergson’s Nobel prize was for literature “in recognition of his rich and vitalizing ideas and the brillant skill with which they have been presented,” certainly not an indicator of “the level of the theory’s acceptance” and hardly an endorsement of “an anti-Darwinian theory of biological origins.” Certainly there is no evidence for Bergman’s claim that
Bergson’s theory was honored with a Nobel because it appeared to a large number of scholars to be a plausible explanation for the source of genetic variety which natural selection could fine tune.