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Forum NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC _WI N WRONG? _ November 2004 Some of the most passionateletters we've received within the past year were in response to our most topical stories-"WasDarwin Wrong?" "Global Warning," and "The End of Cheap Oil." The more than 600 letters we received in response to Darwinfocused on the same main points. A selection of these letters-chosen to reflect the variety and weight of your opinions-follows. Was Darwin Wrong? I sat down in the doctor's office and noticed that several people were staring at a patient reading NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC with the huge red print, "Was Darwin Wrong?" I thought: Is NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC compromising its scientific objectivity to gain subscriptions from the religious right? The other patients and I could hardly have been more distracted if the lizard on the cover came walking through the room. Finally, the reader was called in. As she put the maga zine on the table, three of us went for it. What a brilliant title! I never did get to read it in the office, but when I got home that evening and dove into my copy, I was delighted. The anxiety and wait were worth it. RICK ANDERSON White Sulphur Springs, Montana FOR MORE INFORMATION To get NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800 -647-5463). Hearing-impaired TDD users may call 1-800-548-9797. The magazine's website: nationalgeo graphic.com/magazine For an online index of all National Geographic publications, go to: nationalgeographic.com/publications I must congratulate you. Your article on evolution manages to be confrontational, arrogant, inflammatory, and condescend ing, all without being particu larly illuminating. You surmise that an intelligent individual should quickly realize evolution's veracity, yet you fail to provide any new evidence. Worse, you do not address any of the gaping holes in the theory that lead so many reasoned people to ques tion evolution. KELLY OLSON Los Angeles, California I wonder if what science has really discovered is God's toolshed. The door has been opened slightly, and we are just now beginning to comprehend that perhaps God used the pro cess of natural selection to create us and all the creatures on Earth. Perhaps Adam and Eve were just the first Homo sapiens to walk the Earth. I hope that in my life time the theories of evolution and creation will merge, because the truth in each is overwhelming. KEVIN D. McARTOR Malta, Illinois Laurels to the staff for the cour age to publish the brilliant discourse on evolution. David NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - MARCH 2005 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society ischartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,5(X)explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. 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