Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. It’s titled Theories vs. facts II. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do, we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:
The letter “Theories, not facts” from Laura M. McDonald is right on.
It’s a bit confusing here, because the same newspaper has a letter in today’s issue titled Theories vs. facts I, but that’s apparently intended as a rational companion to the one about which we’re writing, so we’re not discussing it. Our man, the writer of “II,” is referring to Theories, not facts. We don’t know how we missed that one when it first appeared, but today’s letter-writer thinks it’s “right on.” Here’s one brief excerpt to show you what inspired him:
A simple question about the big-bang theory (an effort to explain what happened at the very beginning of our universe): Who lit the fuse?
Okay, let’s get back to today’s letter. After praising the earlier McDonald letter, it says:
Many people get confused because there are two parts to evolutionary theory: macro-evolution and micro-evolution.
Aaaargh!! Once again we must refer you to our Common Creationist Claims Confuted, where the exceedingly stupid “micro macro mambo” is debunked. Let’s skip the letter-writer’s discussion of that and get right to the fun part:
As a retired research engineer, I have offered the following challenge to scientists, biology teachers and others since 1997:
Ooooooh! A challenge! This is exciting! We eagerly present the challenge, and as we do so, we note that the letter-writer dramatically placed it at the end of his letter. Okay, here it comes:
I continue to personally offer a $1,000 prize to the first person who can submit to me on a single piece of paper (8.5 x 11 inches) any historical or empirical scientific evidence that corroborates and proves Darwin’s theory of evolution (macro-evolution via abiogenesis, natural selection, etc.; molecules to man).
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There’s so much wrong with that! Fortunately we’re spared the burden of explaining it because the letter-writer’s problem is something we’ve written about before — see: Where’s the Proof — Evolution’s “Smoking Gun”?
Oh, and then there’s the amount of the prize money — a whopping thousand bucks! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Consider, dear reader, that four years ago we wrote Harun Yahya Offers Eight Trillion Dollar Prize! And that contest didn’t limit us to one measly piece of paper.
Well, we shouldn’t be too critical. Today’s challenge comes from Pittsburgh, a city not known for its sense of style. Or anything else, now that we think about it.
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