Response to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=254rGmnbUdU on evolution being bad science and should be “Thrown into the trash can of history”
I have bullet-pointed relevant areas and my responses are below..
- Quoting the bible “The bible says..” “If you read genesis..”
The bible is not the word of god. Even if it was (or was originally the inspired word of god for arguments sake) the current versions are irreconcilably erroneous. If you were an historian rather than a “biblical scholar” you would soon find yourself of the same opinion. The problems with using the bible as a reference are too many to list and are besides the point since you are attacking evolution itself and creationism is your replacement. Here is a brief video to point you in the right direction:
- Bad science vs good science.
You cite alchemy and old fallacies like “heavier than air flying machines are impossible” as an example of bad science. Well done you. Alchemy was early scientific method with little understanding based on knowledge of the world from philosophers of old. Without postulating ideas and then testing them we wouldn’t have modern science. Yes they got it wrong but when it finally proved futile trying to turn lead into gold and the reasons why were discovered new theories arose and were subsequently tested and so on,
You claim evolution is “bad science” as with the above examples but I don’t understand why. By the standards of postulation and attempts at falsification described above, evolution has been found to be true. Tested in many ways and validated by further discoveries. This is what you describe as good science. Creationism on the other hand goes against findings in so many fields like geology, chemistry, physics.. even in contemporary cosmology.
- Open attitude when you read the bible leads to revelation.
You say if you read the bible in this way you accept it as truth. Well done again. If you want to believe something then you will. this is simple belief bias. My counter argument would be that the way you feel.. Muslims feel about the quran / Egyptians believed in Ra as a god / etc.. Why is your faith different? How is your ‘proof’ more valid than theirs?
- Tree first or seed first / Chicken first or egg first?.
You say evolution cannot answer this. You have obviously asked the wrong people to explain it to you. The simple answer is: The tree / The chicken.
The long answer is that things have been reproducing without seeds and eggs for a very long time (think bacteria etc) and since plant / chicken ancestry goes back to reproduction without seeds / eggs then more accurately: Their ancestors came first without the need for seeds / eggs in their current form.
The long answer is that eggs grow from a cell which represents our early history in development. So correctly, the cell came first as the precursor to animals that produce ‘eggs’.
- Fossils prove flood of Noah.
Do they? Wow. Can I have a reference please? First showing that the flood was global and necessarily included more water than there could have been on earth. Secondly showing how it proves the Noah flood story in particular, that is quite a step to make from ‘flood happened’ to ‘Noah and the bible are literal truth’.
- Neanderthal man proved false.
Quite the claim but it was mixed in with examples of mistakes in conclusions from fossils etc so understandable. There have been frauds, yes, and mistakes of course.. but they are irrelevant to the overall fact that evolution happened as evidenced by the many non-fraudulent and verified findings.
- 40s 50s examples of evolution teaching.
If you posit early examples which have been fixed more recently yet fail to see how that invalidates your bible then the rest of this blog is pointless.. but hey-ho we’re nearly finished..
- Evolution is a long, slow observable process over many many many million years. How can you have a witness or evidence “Big question mark”
Okay, obviously eye-witness accounts are impossible. Well done again! But we have the evidence of the fossil record and more importantly of genetics. The wealth of information stored in DNA gives us markers we can use to identify common ancestry and the validity of evolution as a viable theory. Such is the extent of this evidence that it is accepted as scientific fact. (Even by the Pope at the head of the Roman Catholic church!)
A basic biology course from a secular education system should give you all the information you need, if not there are many major museums around the world with examples you can view yourself (homo habilis / homo erectus / etc for example to show something you can relate to which stand, excuse the pun, under scientific scrutiny)
- Can humans survive a blood transfusion form monkeys/apes/gorillas etc? No, so we can’t be related.
Just because we are related by common ancestry does not mean we are compatible. We have changed through many generations of separation giving us unique properties (we are animals yes, civilised but still animals – namely mammals)
By your standards, if evolution were true, anything related should be compatible. Ridiculous notion. Your example would be just as ridiculous if you’d said cats should be able to take a transfusion of tree sap and survive. It shows a saddening lack of proper education in biology.
- Evolution as a belief is a cruel and unusual punishment.
Really? You want to go there? Okay let’s go..
The bible you love quoting describes eternal, torturous damnation for unrepentant sinners. Infinite punishment (and reward as well) for finite deeds is not moral. The descriptions of torment that are given and taught to children by the religious, like yourself, are “cruel and unusual”
Things done in the bible by god are “cruel and unusual”.. Flooding the earth to destroy everything, killing innocent first born sons, children mauled by bears for pointing out a man as bald, the segregation of women as inferior / inherently sinful.. You really have a nerve sir to call the facts of evolution “cruel and unusual puniushment”
- Evolution belief leads to bad behaviour.
Slavery, crusades, vindicated rape, enforced poverty.. these things aren’t bad? Because they are from your bible..
- Evolution belief gives children poor self-image.
Poor self image does not justify teaching lies about eternal torture if you don’t obey rules in a certain book. It has no importance over truth.
- If taught they are animals they will behave like animals.
Only if taught, as you have been, incorrectly. Having our ancestry does not negate civilised behaviour or morals.
Evolution is scientific fact.
It doesn’t care if you believe it or not.
It is the truth we have discovered, not invented like the mythology in the bible or elsewhere in rival religious beliefs.