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Great illustration

March 25, 2006

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To the editor:

I want to thank Dave Penny and his band of anonymous businessmen for providing me as a biologist with one of those "teachable moments" I so love. He provides just the illustration I needed to illustrate the distinction between rational and delusional thinking and between how scientists develop understanding through careful study of the natural world versus how delusional thinkers use rhetorical tricks, out-and-out lies and slick slogans to manipulate public opinion about scientific ideas.

Paul Decelles,

Lawrence

Comments

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

Evolution is fact, not theory. We will have to confront and overcome the superstitious mythology crowd for hundreds of years, or until their childish obsession with bibilical fairy tales ends.

rtwngr 8 years, 9 months ago

No, evolution is not fact. There is a tremendous body of evidence that would indicate that it is valid but there is also the absence of a number of transitional fossils that are needed to establish it as fact.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 9 months ago

After your devolving to unimaginable depths in front of our eyes for so long, billy, that's good news.

tpatric 8 years, 9 months ago

Dave Penny clearly illustrates that evolution is fickle.

Paul Decelles 8 years, 9 months ago

Transitional fossils...ah yes.

The FACT is that the closer and more completely the fossil record is investigated, the more transitional fossils we find. One, I suppose could argue that that doesn't prove evolution as fact, but if one thinks really carefully about science, all scientific knowledge is provisional.

But in the case of evolution the evidence is so strong that just like clinging to the idea that the Earth is flat, not accepting evolution as a process is..well delusional thinking.

P

craigers 8 years, 9 months ago

It's okay for everybody to admit that God created everything in this world, including us. It doesn't make you any less of a man.

ben_ness 8 years, 9 months ago

It is also okay for everybody to admit that evolution is a much more viable and substantiated explanation as to why we are here. This makes you more of a man OR woman because your beliefes are independent of pious influence. God didn't create me, my parents did. That is a biological fact.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 9 months ago

"why is there religion anyway?"

There are some things, like you billy, that science just can't explain. All we can do is look to some higher power and say "Why?"

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

Religion is a crutch. We are not allowed to laud Josef Stalin, for he murdered millions, but he was keenly aware of the negative power religion exerts on society, and he killed religious figures and aherents without scruple. We are not allowed to follow his example today; we must tolerate their presence, and wait patiently for them, and their influence, to die.

Religions are obsolete. In our era of relativity and quantum physics, no rational person should, or need, believe that an illegitimate Galilean peasant was God, or that a Bedouin camel drover was the messenger of God, or that an ancient Mesopotamian sheep herder made an exclusive contract with God. We have reached a level of understanding about the universe where we no longer need the old sky-god religions, and they are more of a burden, a hindrance to progress, than they help us.

We should become disciples of Spinoza, and Einstein and Hubble and Greene, and throw the childish fairy tales of the Bible and the Koran and the Talmud on the ash-heap of history.

DuQuesne 8 years, 8 months ago

1 - Creationists, clearly, cannot evolve.

2 - "I buy you books and I buy you books and all you do is chew on the corners."

Schuyler DuQuesne

KCgolfer 8 years, 8 months ago

Science brings together all of the fossil records into one tent, that of the paradigm called evolution. Religion takes a concept of one creation and makes many tents, the different forms of worship. One represents order, the orther represents chaos.

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