A Parade of Pure, Willful Ignorance

Posted on 08. Feb, 2014 by in Political Nonsense, Religion

There was a debate a couple of days ago between Bill Nye (The Science Guy), and Ken Ham (of Creation Museum infamy) on evolution Vs. creationism. I didn’t bother watching it, since I thought the whole thing was a bad idea, and would only succeed in lending an air of respectability to creationism that it so does not deserve, but the debate is not really what I want to talk about here. Instead there were some signs written up by a bunch of creationists before the debate began, and I just couldn’t resist the urge to comment on them.

But before I begin, I should make it clear that I don’t normally enjoy pointing out the ignorance of other people, but I have had more discussions with creationists than anyone should ever have to endure, and I know by now that these are not honest questions, and these people are not the least bit interested in honest answers. Instead their goal is to sow doubt in other scientifically illiterate minds like their own, which themselves are locked down tight, and even in the face of a mountain of evidence, are impervious to change. As Ken Ham admitted in the debate, when it comes to the word of god, no amount of evidence could ever change his mind. Such people have excluded themselves from rational discussion, and therefore satire is the only option left. So let’s get started…

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Well Miss Crazy Eyes, if you think the world is amazing, just try to imagine a perfect, infinite and conscious being existing in a void for all time with absolutely nothing at all to do, and nothing to be conscious of, until creating our tiny little world for his vanity and enjoyment.  Perhaps you should wonder about how such an amazing god could exist in the first place, or would that ruin a perfectly good day dream? And if you really want to be awed by the universe, try viewing it without those god colored glasses on, that makes it all appear to be just one grand magic trick. “Oh, god did that.” “He did that too.”, “And that.” “Yeah, that too.” It’s all so very simple, isn’t it? The universe is much more amazing than you give it credit for, and you are missing the show.

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Yes, I’m afraid it is.

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Well first of all the big bang isn’t speculated to have come from an “exploding star”, but rather a singularity, which is spectacularly different, but anyway no one knows what the exact nature of that singularity was, or from what kind of pre-existing reality it emerged. But just because we don’t have all the answers does not mean we can just make them up.Ignorance is not an excuse for stupidity.

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Well, since the “Big Bang” is just another name for all the physical evidence we have ever observed about the nature of our universe I would say of course.  Can you believe in gravity without faith? It is not faith to believe in things which we can observe or that are supported by evidence, it is simply being reasonable. It takes faith for us to believe things, for which we have no objective reason to believe. God for instance. And in this case it’s not just faith but blind faith, so that we can so easily ignore all the things that might otherwise spoil the fun , such as evolution. If faith is a prison, blind faith is that same prison, at the center of the Earth.

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They keep asking, science keeps answering, but they just keep asking anyway. It’s very strange. Oh well here we go again. Sometimes certain types of copy errors can result in gene duplication, some types of genes called Retrotransposons tend to replicate themselves throughout he genome, and finally there are retroviruses which can splice their own DNA right into a host genome. All this new genetic information is then free to undergo mutation. Pretty straightforward really, but when you get all your information from creationist web sites, I can understand missing it.

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And the winner of the contest to cram as much wrong information into the least amount of space possible goes to…older woman with the gray sweater

First of all science is not a theory, it’s a method, and both science and scientific theories (contrary to your little sign),  concern themselves ONLY with things that are testable, observable and repeatable, where intelligent design concerns itself with none of those things, which is exactly why it is not taught in school and evolution is. Getting the definitions of things correct is the first step in creating an accurate world view.

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I’ll make you a deal. I’ll tell you how a sunset can happen without a god,  if you tell me how disease, deadly viruses,  famine, and natural disasters (just to name a few of the ungodly aspects of the world),  can happen with a perfect, loving god. How about it? And I’m afraid “because Eve spoke to a talking snake”  is not a satisfactory answer. In fact how do you know your god is not an evil god with all that he is complicit in? And perhaps it’s time for pastors to take a moment away from their waste of life, platitudinous sermons and spend some time on the English language, specifically on the differences between the words their, there and they’re. I see this from Christians way too much for it just to be a coincidence.

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Have you heard of an oxymoron? If not you’ve captured it perfectly nevertheless.  If there was such a thing as objective meaning everyone would agree about what it was. The obvious reality is that everyone creates their own meaning, which is why meaning is subjective, the opposite of objective. Meaning is what we make it though,  whether it is in helping the human race transcend it’s limitations and progress into the future via new knowledge and science, or numbing ourselves to the reality of the world around us and withdrawing into a comforting haze of myth and superstition. Where do you derive your meaning?

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Look at that smile! Almost like he knows the question is ridiculous and has been answered a million times, before, but he’s showing the sign anyway just to muddy the water. Nah, couldn’t be. Anyway, the answer is simple. The common ancestor of chimps and humans, indeed, no longer exists. Both chimps and humans have evolved separately from this common ancestor because of reproductive isolation, where some members of a species get isolated from the rest and so begin diverging from each others. Human ancestors found themselves in a much different environment, (like Savannah instead of jungle) and evolved quite a bit, while chimp ancestors remained in the same environment, and therefore remain physically, very much the same.  But feel free to ask that question again. And again, and again …

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No, but I am scared of people who create divine creators, so they can pretend to know things they couldn’t possibly know. Does that count?

Now this particular parade of ignorance comes to an end, but the real life version winds around the corner, out of town, and across the globe.

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One Response to “A Parade of Pure, Willful Ignorance”

  1. Lou Jones

    08. Feb, 2014

    Mark, another poem for you. How might the happy, bubbly lady in the gray sweater contemplate the possible collapse of her “Intelligent Design?”

    Implosion

    Exhausted the universe falters
    strains against its tether — energy spent
    journey’s end triggers return
    the cosmos shudders — glows a dull red
    pauses before yielding its mandate
    gravity tightens its grip
    the universe recoils — structure shatters
    collapse starts slowly — cause and effect invert
    time runs backwards — the past now future
    the implosion feeds on itself
    consumes the oldest star clusters
    swallows super giants and white dwarfs
    gorges on mighty pulsars and nebulae
    rips away planetary atmospheres
    gulps down massive quasars — devours galaxies
    inhales neutrino-rich darkness
    black holes converge — explode — vaporize
    white-hot plasma ravages the void
    a cosmic furnace a trillion miles across
    energy densely packed — heat at billions of degrees
    three minutes — atomic nuclei disintegrate
    the universe a shambles — a raging vortex
    10 billion miles in radius — at terminal velocity
    gravity at infinite power — seconds remain
    the ferocious inrush obliterates space and time
    billions of years now a microsecond
    the fireball claims the last particles
    matter flames out of existence
    the ravenous sphere spins down
    a billionth of a second from its source

    quiescent singularity
    opaque silence
    requiem

    history is extinguished
    time and space never were
    the universe is gone
    save for a subatomic speck
    hovering

    in nothingness

    with a secret.

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