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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Darwin-doubting often based on science and not just religion; Dover opinion is worthless

Darwinists seem unable to believe -- or pretend to be unable to believe -- that Darwin-doubting could be based on science and not religion. On his Discovery magazine blog named "The Intersection," Chris Mooney writes in his debate with Jerry Coyne,

I believe the central reason we have such massive problems with the teaching of evolution to be precisely this — millions of America believe, incorrectly, that they must give up their faith in order to learn about it or accept it. This misconception is highly prevalent, and is regularly reinforced in a number of ways: Through the media, by church leaders, by the New Atheists, and so on.

If this incorrect view could somehow be dislodged, then, we might also have a better chance of defusing tensions over the teaching of evolution, and thereby improving “scientific literacy” . . .

The Darwinists have deluded themselves into thinking that all they have to do is persuade the fundies that evolution is compatible with the bible and then everything will be hunky-dory.

Geocentrism, like creationism, is supported by the bible, but the fundies accept heliocentrisn but not evolution because they find the scientific evidence to be persuasive for heliocentrism but not for evolution. There is a lot of evidence for an old earth and some evidence for common descent, but the net evidence is actually against an evolutionary process that was driven solely by natural genetic variation and natural selection. Teaching that such an evolutionary process is fact is lying to students.
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Another mirage is Darwinists' belief that the fundies reject evolution in order to maintain a belief in the inerrancy of the bible. But that belief in biblical inerrancy has already been undermined by the bible's erroneous teaching of geocentrism.[link]

Yet another Darwinist myth is that all they have to do is persuade the clergy that evolution is compatible with religion and then the faithful will follow the clergy like sheep following a Judas goat. The infamous Clergy Letter Project is an example of this kind of thinking. But, for example, a lot of Catholics don't follow the church's very strict teachings about abortion, so why should Catholics follow the church's teaching about evolution?

Loony Mooney's post also praises the Kitzmilller v. Dover decision, but that decision should not be taken seriously. Judge John "Jackass" Jones is a crackpot activist judge who showed extreme lack of restraint in the Dover opinion because he knew that the opinion was unlikely to be reviewed by higher courts because the school board was unlikely to appeal because of a change in the school board membership as a result of an election. The extreme one-sidedness of the Dover opinion's ID-as-science section, which was copied nearly verbatim from the plaintiffs' opening post-trial brief while ignoring the defendants' opening post-trial brief and the plaintiffs' and defendants' answering post-trial briefs, is evidence of this lack of restraint. If Judge Jones had anticipated an appeal, he probably would have -- as a precaution -- addressed the defendants' arguments about ID-as-science even if he thought those arguments were bad. Judge Jones lied when he said that the school board election results would not affect his decision. And after the release of the decision, Judge Jones gave further evidence of what a big crackpot activist he really is. For example, he showed extreme prejudice against intelligent design and the Dover defendants -- regardless of whether or not ID is a religious concept -- by stating in a Dickinson College commencement speech that his Dover decision was based on his cockamamie notion that the Founders based the establishment clause upon a belief that organized religions are not "true" religions. [link] Also, he has extolled "judicial independence" and "the rule of law," charging that critics of his Dover opinion have no respect for those things. [link]

Some bloggers' reactions to Mooney's debate with Coyne are discussed here. Mooney has another follow-up post here.
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9 Comments:

Anonymous Michael said...

I think some of them pretend to be "unable to believe" someone could doubt evolution based on science.

For example, their consensus on how sedimentary rock was deposited during earth’s history has been proved to be wrong. Geologists who by the way are not creationists even continue to show sedimentary rock being created in flowing or turbulent water.

Creationists for years have been saying sedimentary rock was created by the global flood. Now there are experiments that show it can be done. Interpretation of sedimentary rock is very critical in science. Practically all areas in science use it for clues on how nature works.

Judge Jones was obviously wrong with his bias, and his judgment continues to be outdated as science progresses.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael has given a good example of how creationists replace science with religion. Of course a flood can create sedimentary rock. Geologists have never denied this, and a tiny proportion of it has been laid down in this way. Most of it was created by rivers and streams in exactly the way geologists have said it was. This process has taken much more than the roughly 6000 years that fundamentalist whackos would say that the earth has existed.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 5:08:00 AM  
Blogger Edward said...

Larry, you continue to create strawmen and fight with them. No one (except the ignorant) has suggested that evolution proceeds SOLELY through mutation and selection. Other mechanisms are at play, as well.

And there is no evidence against evolution. None whatsoever. There's a Nobel prize waiting for the lucky finder.

Thursday, June 11, 2009 3:35:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>No one (except the ignorant) has suggested that evolution proceeds SOLELY through mutation and selection. . . . .

And there is no evidence against evolution. None whatsoever. <<<<<<<

You are so full of living crap that it is coming out your ears, bozo.

Friday, June 12, 2009 1:00:00 AM  
Anonymous CTHULHU YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR said...

well your response to edward was "you are full of crap"

what actual evidence is there that evolution is wrong?

And also i dont think anyone is really under the delusion that convincing people that evolution is a fact will make them give up their religion seeing how there are people that somehow reconcile the two. it wont make them give up their religion but its a step towards being less stupid and close minded.

Sunday, June 14, 2009 1:23:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>> what actual evidence is there that evolution is wrong? <<<<<

Plenty.

>>>>>> And also i dont think anyone is really under the delusion that convincing people that evolution is a fact will make them give up their religion <<<<<<

Believing that evolution is true has apparently weakened some people's religious beliefs. However, as I pointed out, geocentrism -- like creationism -- is supported by the bible, but apparently a belief in heliocentrism has not weakened people's religious beliefs.

--it wont make them give up their religion but its a step towards being less stupid and close minded. --

Disparaging people who criticize evolution theory does not make a favorable impression.

Sunday, June 14, 2009 1:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8105513.stm

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 6:12:00 PM  
Blogger onein6billion said...

"You are so full of living crap that it is coming out your ears, bozo."

I think your comment conflicts with your posting requirements. But I guess I should not be surprised. Commenting "rules" are obviously for other people, not for the blog owner. He cannot be held to a higher standard.

Friday, June 26, 2009 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

onein6billion said,
>>>>> I think your comment conflicts with your posting requirements. <<<<<<

Well, that's true, technically speaking, it does. My comment contains nothing but scoffing. But I was responding to a comment that should not have been posted in the first place because it lied about an objective fact.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:17:00 AM  

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