Creationist Wisdom #211: Evolution Defies Nature

Today’s letter-to-the-editor is Evolution defies nature. We like that title so much we’re using it as the title for this post. This treasure appears in the Springfield News-Leader, the major newspaper for Springfield, Missouri, third largest city in Missouri. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and as we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:

The theory of evolution states all life began as a single-celled organism that evolved over time to form the complex world we see today.

No one knows, of course, but life probably began with something far more primitive than a single-celled organism. Cells with membranes and a nucleus are rather complicated compared to the self-replicating organic molecules that got everything started (see Origin of the first cell). Hey — wouldja believe it? — the amoeba has a genome ten times larger than ours.

Anyway, as we shall soon see, the letter-writer has a reason for starting life off immediately from the git-go with something as complex as an amoeba:

The statistical probability of that single-celled organism spontaneously generating is about 3 trillion to one.

Is that all — only three trillion to one? That’s nothing! We thought it was at least 69 clitillion to one. Anyway, for our familiar debunking of the “odds” argument and several other creationist clunkers, see Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Let’s read on:

Adaptation is different from evolution. Adaptation happens every day, but no one has ever witnessed evolution in nature and it has never been reproduced in the laboratory.

Uh huh. We won’t bother with a rebuttal. Oh, all right: Observed Instances of Speciation. The letter continues:

One man did create amino acids in a laboratory after years of study and experimentation. Sounds like an argument for intelligent design to me.

First he criticizes evolution for not being “reproduced” in a lab, then he says that whatever happens in the lab is proof of intelligent design. We are definitely dealing with a world-class genius today. Here’s more:

Science cannot identify the catalyst that causes evolution. There is no direct evidence for evolution in the fossil record. The scientists who discover and interpret the fossil record believe in their theory with a radical, religious fervor and stand to gain a lot of money by proving it.

Hey, all you lab-rats: While you’re hauling in the big bucks for your work, why don’t you get to work and find the “catalyst that causes evolution”? Well, why doncha? Moving along:

When unbiased scientists examine and interpret the fossil record, it does more to disprove evolution than to prove it. Evolution defies the laws of nature and physics and common sense. It takes just as much faith to believe the complex world we see today is matter of chance as it does to believe in any religion.

This guy is really merciless. Please, Mr. letter-writer, have pity on your Curmudgeon!

One final excerpt:

Why are those who scream the loudest about tolerance the least tolerant and the “open minded, free thinkers” the most closed-minded?

He has no pity at all. Perhaps we deserve none.

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9 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #211: Evolution Defies Nature

  1. “We thought it was at least 69 clitillion to one.”

    I’m not sure what a clitillion is, but as a male I’m pretty sure I’ll never find out.

  2. Paul says: “I’m not sure what a clitillion is”

    Don’t ask.

  3. Is that all — only three trillion to one? That’s nothing! We thought it was at least 69 clitillion to one.

    The smartest Creationists have informed us the true odds are one in 1^720….. especially when posted in blue fonts.

  4. I think I found the source of the “3 trillion to one” figure. It could have come from this website: Three Ways We Can Come to Know About God . It’s in his section 2b. That site has a long way to go before it can rival the Time Cube.

  5. longshadow is right, it is 1720. That was established years ago.

    I think that number is almost as big as average clitillion.

  6. I love my state… half the population thinks the name ends in a “uh”, and we couldn’t even decide which side to join in the civil war (or the war of northern aggression as half of us call it). At least it’s still illegal to teach creationism in public schools here.

  7. at least the commentary to the letter is mostly intelligent.

  8. TJW says: “at least the commentary to the letter is mostly intelligent.”

    They’re probably not from Missouri.

  9. that’s Mizzooruh to you!