Monday, October 12, 2009

Belief, or knowledge?

Aw, geeze, yet another article in the Christian press* with a fingers-in-the-ears denounciation of evolution. Let me skip the surrounding rhetoric and focus on one of the points:
The article wants us to see through the deception of the theory of evolution in part because scientists explaining evolution, and the textbooks that they produce, do not present any evidence against evolution. (When teaching physics, should the professer spend time saying, well, the laws of thermodynamics might not exist after all? Should the chemistry teacher propose that the periodic table may work, or be a work of whimsy? Should algebra class begin with a caveat that numbers are just all made up anyhow, so put them down any way you want? There just isn't any "evidence against".) The author cites evolution's failure to explain flight, or eyes, and the lack of acknowledgement of this failure as evidence that scientists are hiding something, or are just believing what they want to believe.
Yet the idea that there is some kind of failure here is an utter myth. Far from being two glaring holes in explaining how creatures adapt to their environments, evolution explains both flight and eyes rather well, and can indeed cite the existence of intermediate forms and show the utility of those forms.
I could go on for pages and pages and present that to you (and I will if there are any calls for it), but I just wanted to express my dismay at the misinformation distributed by this powerful lobby to a gullible public.
It's too ironic that a group clearly believing just what it wants to believe should so stridently clamor against that very fallacy.
*the article is here There's a lot of other stuff in it, but I really have to get back to work here...


Barry said...

That numbers of people in the 21st century, in the most powerful and literate country in history, still fail to accept the validity of Evolution, is discouraging. That they proclaim their ignorance in such a militant, bombastic fashion should be cause for hilarity, were we all not so polite.

I fell sorry for them, I truly do, and wonder what fear has prompted such irrational behaviour?

GingerV said...

very good and I would like to hear more of your thoughts on this topic (and others, I find you writing clear and focused....)

Bagman and Butler said...

I still can't understand why there is any argument in the first place. I'm in absolute awe of a God that not only creates a universe but does it with such incredibly beautiful processes. I think God created us and used an amazing evolutionary process in order to do it. What's the argument?

EastwoodDC said...

Oh, THAT article! :-(

I'm afraid that whole site is, as Douglas Adams might phrase it, "A fetid pile of dingo kidneys".

EastwoodDC said...

PS: If you haven't already, don't forget to include a rel="nofollow" in your link to the Probe site. That will keep the search engines from noticing your link and increasing their Google ranking.

NanU said...

yeah, Doug, *that* one. Thing is, people read that stuff and become convinced. And they're so good at appearing reasonable that naive minds readily gobble it up.
I didn't know about rel= 'nofollow'. How do I do that? When I copy their http and paste it into my post?

EastwoodDC said...

To use nofollow you need to edit the html for the link and insert the text


before the first ">". Example below, if blogger will allow it.

Completely Brainless,

NanU said...

Thanks Doug. I clicked but it said 'Page not found'. So this normally lets people get to the page I'm referring to, without search engines catching on. I'll try it next time I want to do that.

modej said...

Sigh, sometimes it is difficult to have patience with ignorance.