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To the Editor,

The greatest mystery of evolution is that intelligent people, such as Stephen Jay Gould, can make such basic logical errors as to say, "Evolution is a fact, like apples falling out of trees."

Enough is known about the physics and mathematics involved to say that evolution is like apples falling UP and regularly hitting a bullseye on the moon.

Life is a fact. Evolution is an explanation whose time has passed. What goes on is the inertia of careers and reputations based on it.

Ross S. Olson MD