Darwin Birthday Tribute

12 02 2009

I was trying to think of the best way to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth.  I just couldn’t think of one thing because the writing on this blog, as any regular reader knows, is an ongoing celebration and defense of the ideas Darwin first brought upon the scientific stage.  So with that in mind I simply offer some of my favorite Darwin and Evolution related posts.

Happy 200th Chuck!

Church Confesses Darwin Was Right, There Is No God

Evidence For Evolution: Eyes

I Have Your Transitional Species Right Here

Evolution Conclusively Proven Wrong

NOVA: “Judgement Day – Intelligent Design on Trial”

God Makes 216 Million Americans Scientifically Illiterate

50% of Americans Don’t Believe Evolution




6 responses

12 02 2009

The statistics of belief in creation and the total rejection of Evolution are depressing. However, the fact that we are still talking about Darwin and Evolution is inspiring. It would be nice to see the percentages shift one day soon. That would really be a celebration of his birthday. 🙂

12 02 2009

I wonder how the percentage of people that don’t believe in evolution compares to the percentage of people that voted for McCain/Palin.

That’s a Venn diagram i’d be interested in seeing.

12 02 2009

I wonder how many folks who voted for McCain and Palin think that the Moose killer can see the edge of the world from her house.

13 02 2009
Alex Novak

The arguments against evolution tend to be among the lamest imaginable. It’s only a “theory.” It violates the second law of thermodynamics. Blah blah, blah blah, blah blah.

All of this becomes significant when one considers that this anti-evolution view is held by over a 100,000,000 Americans — Americans who control television networks, universities and untold wealth.

So if that’s the best that they can come up with, the intellectual bankruptcy of the anti-evolution movements seems to be beyond debate.

In my opinion, the most cogent anti-evolution argument is that the stupidity of the anti-evolution arguments seems to prove that there’s been a lot less evolution happening that one would have thought.


13 02 2009

re: Alex, last paragraph:
Nice. There was a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon where they were looking at trash strewn along the ground, and Calvin remarks, “Perhaps the surest sign of intelligent life on other planets is the fact they haven’t tried to contact us.”

A bit off topic, but there it is.

Bottom line is, there is no logical or valid arguements against the following:
-DNA is passed from parent to offspring
-DNA mutates upon occasion
-A mutation that benefits the species has a better chance of being passed to offspring
I don’t understand why this is so hard to comprehend/accept.

13 02 2009

Easy for you to say. But where did life itself come from in the first place? Who created the DNA to propagate these inheritable attributes? Huh? Huh?

It’s at this point that the faithful completely retreat from the conversation about evolution and try to change the conversation from “Origin of Species” to “Origin of Life”. They rarely ever see these as different conversations with different contexts and implications. As always it’s the oversimplification that is so alluring. Complexity is just so damn annoyingly…complex!

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