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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sleazy PZ Myers begs the question about truth of evolution

Sleazy PZ Myers wrote,
If we were looking for evidence for evolution, we might as well stop here. The existence of gene families, for cryin' out loud, is evidence for evolution. This paper is far beyond arguing about the truth of evolution — that's taken for granted as the simple life's breath of biology — but instead asks a more specific question: when did all of these genes arise? And they have a general method for estimating that.
(emphasis added)

So there you have it --brazenly begging the question.

BTW, "for crying out loud," also a favorite of Fatheaded Ed Brayton, is a minced Christian oath, where somene starts to say , "for Christ's sake."

PZ alsosays
One of the creationist summaries is by an intelligent design creationist. He looks at the paper and claims it supports this silly idea called front-loading: the Designer seeded the Earth with creatures that carried a teleological evolutionary program, loading them up with genes at the beginning that would only find utility later. The unsurprising fact that many gene families are of ancient origin seems to him to confirm his weird idea of a designed source, when of course it does nothing of the kind, and fits quite well in an evolutionary history with no supernatural interventions at all.

Well, PZ, if these genes are of ancient origin and not the result of random mutation, then how did they get there in the first place? PZ is really talking through his hat here. He has no credibility at all.

BTW -- the paper that PZ discusses is just a big just-so story.


Blogger Lazarus Lupin said...

One can be a christian and believe in evolution, so using "for crying out loud," isn't some hypocritical exclaimation.

Lazarus Lupin
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Thursday, April 28, 2011 6:47:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

PZ is an atheist, idiot.

Friday, April 29, 2011 9:14:00 AM  
Blogger Lazarus Lupin said...

I know he is. I was making a general point. thank you for your concern.

Friday, April 29, 2011 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Whether or not someone can be a true Christian and believe in evolution is a matter of opinion.

Friday, April 29, 2011 1:46:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Anyway, your comment was sort of pointless.

Friday, April 29, 2011 1:47:00 PM  
Blogger Lazarus Lupin said...

I am of the opinion that they can be indeed Christians. I grant of course Jesus saying that the way is narrow, but there is narror and and then silly. Surely, as long as one accepts Jesus as one's saviour and Lord, and follows the precepts of Love God and Love thy neighbor, then what ever fashions in science one follows are at worst a harmless eccentricity and not a sin.

Friday, April 29, 2011 1:49:00 PM  

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