From What's Wrong With The World:
Steve Burton quotes Lawrence Auster on Darwinism: How do the Darwinians explain the prevalence of male baldness in much of the white race (the Irish being the big exception)? That a man 50,000 years ago had an accidental genetic mutation which caused him to lose his hair, and the women in his tribe were more attracted to him with his bald head than to all the other hairy men, and so he had more offspring than the hairy ones, and so the genetic mutation for baldness spread through the population?
Burton assures readers: Well, ummm, no, Larry - I don't think that's how "Darwinians" would try to explain male pattern baldness.
My question: Why not? It's an example of sexual selection. Granted, one pulled straight out of the ass. But how many Darwinian explanations are like that anyway?
However, Burton goes on: Heck if I know - but, knowing evolutionary theorists as I do, I'd be willing to bet that they can come up with a dozen or so reasonably plausible hypotheses in about as many minutes.
I'm not sure what Burton's standards for 'reasonable' are. But apparently, his problem with Auster is that he pulled out an example which just sounded silly. And no Darwinian explanation can sound silly. Right?
He then goes on to mention: Apparently, our Larry thinks that the existence of male pattern baldness is simply inexplicable, absent the intervention of the God of the Gaps.
To which I wonder... has it really come to this for so many people? Either 'Darwinism' is true, or it's 'the God of the gaps'? Or perhaps it's something close to the opposite: If God isn't called upon as an explanation, then any other explanation must be Darwinism? Does the word 'Darwinism' really have meaning anymore?
I say this as someone not all that opposed to evolution, even macroevolution. But I've long shaken off the need to feel as if I have to give far too much credence to Darwinian explanations, or even Darwinism as a theory, to prove my willingness to accept those things. The fact that some flat-out YECs think this or that (say, evolutionary psychology) is a load of bull doesn't mean it must be true, or that I'll become a YEC for agreeing with them. I hope others learn the same lesson.