Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Creationism, or, please don't challenge my dearly-held paradigm with nasty evidence

I am speechless. I have just read this article * about Creation, a movie about the life of Charles Darwin. People do not want to see the movie because apparently evolution is "a silly theory with a serious lack of evidence to support it despite over a century of trying".

It suggests a serious lack of understanding of evidence, of scientific method, and imho, of faith. Believing in a deity doesn't mean you have to avoid all knowledge. Accepting evolution as a valid theory doers not mean you can't believe in God. If I were Christian I'd be loads more impressed by a God who designed a universe to adapt and evolve than by one who just made things from clay and sort of stuck them there. And whether or not you believe in macro-evolution, you can't deny micro-evolution** - the ways in which species change and adapt in such small and rapid ways that humans can observe it.

Anyway, I suppose some people are just more comfortable avoiding anything that might challenge their comfort zone.

*thanks to Marcia for the heads up

**thanks to Andre Croukamp for the terms, not to mention lots of material to think about wrt evolution and numerous other things

P.S. I was tagging this and thinking that I need a "wtf?" tag. then discarded that idea because just about every post would require said tag. The world is a strange place, people :)

1 comment:

Marisa said...

As far as I know there hasn't been any *conclusive* (i.e without a shadow of doubt) evidence for evolution.

Also while natural selection/adaptation/micro-evolution is a proven fact, it's quite a big (and in my eyes) virtually impossible leap to get to macro-evolution. The former involves a loss of information while the latter implies an increase in information.