Creationist Wisdom #142: Evolution is Witchcraft

WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled On Darwin, witchcraft and butterflies, which appears in the Oroville Mercury-Register of Oroville, California. We like that newspaper; they publish the letters of Don Fultz — for example: E=MC Unified.

This one isn’t by Fulz, but it’s one of his neighbors. They’re both located in Butte County.

Unfortunately, we can’t copy the letter. That newspaper is owned by Media News Group, which sues bloggers who excerpt their material without permission. But click over there and read it for yourself. It’s amusing.

It contains a very peculiar treatment of Spontaneous Generation and the Origin of Life. We can see where the letter-writer is going. “Scientists thought X in the past, and X was wrong. Now they think Y. They’re wrong again. But Oogity Boogity is never wrong.”

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7 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #142: Evolution is Witchcraft

  1. Lewis Thomason

    There are a few people like him in that town, but reading the comments to his letter most people there think he is a nut case.

  2. Arthur C. Clark stated, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    I would say that is true of complex processes in nature as well.

  3. How about the response which says that the caterpillar evolves into a butterfly?

  4. Curmudgeon: “We’re starting to sense some confusion here…”

    Shooting for the understatement of the centuty, I see.

  5. Frank J says:

    Shooting for the understatement of the centuty, I see.

    Just trying to slowly build up to the climax.

  6. “We are never going anywhere near the town of Oroville, California. In fact, we’ll avoid Butte County altogether.”

    Your loss. It’s a beautiful area.

    “I would say that is true of complex processes in nature as well.”

    One of the wonders of science is that, as we know more and more, things get simpler. Evolution via natural selection is a very simple yet powerful way to understand an astonishing variety of seemingly complex phenomena. The most profound and important ideas in science can usually be summed up in a single sentence using common words.

  7. I beautifully agree with LRA:
    “I would say that is true of complex processes in nature as well.”

    But disdainfully disagree with SY:
    “One of the wonders of science is that, as we know more and more, things get simpler.”

    As science advances we see that things are more complex than we imagined.
    Probably your statement applies to technology.

    Summarizing the best ideas in science in a single sentence with lay language is not equivalent to say that things are simpler.