Creationist Wisdom #295: Evolution Has Failed

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Reflector of Greenville, North Carolina. It’s titled Evolution now treated as religion. 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:

When I was growing up, it was called the theory of evolution. Now it is called evolution and is presented by the media and many of the scholarly to be an accepted scientific fact.

Yes, it’s one of those sneaky terminology-switching conspiracies we’ve been gradually implementing in order to manipulate the minds of the masses, but the letter-writer is astute enough to have noticed. She continues:

The scientific method starts with a hypothesis and then finds data to back up that hypothesis. If there are other data that does [sic] not back the hypothesis, the investigator is supposed to consider the possibility that the original hypothesis is flawed or incomplete. I believe evolution is treated more like a religion than science.

We’ve seen worse definitions, but the process doesn’t begin with an hypothesis. It’s only in theology (or maybe sociology) that doctrines pop out of the air, independent of facts. To the letter-writer’s credit, however, she didn’t babble about theories morphing into laws. Let’s read on:

Where are the fossils of the incremental stages from a one-cell organism to the marvelous human body?

No credit for that one — except for originality. This is the first time we’ve seen a demand for transitional fossils going back to the amoeba. We continue:

Recently scientists are re-evaluating their theory about DNA. At first scientists thought that only 20 percent of DNA was useful. Now the percentage is up to more than 50 percent. Many think further study will increase that percentage. In addition, the DNA has at least three levels of complexity. A single cell is not simple.

The theory of DNA is being re-evaluated? We didn’t know that, and we’re not sure about those “three levels of complexity.” All we can figure out from that paragraph is that the letter-writer doesn’t like it when more is learned and textbooks change.

Get ready now, because here comes the good stuff:

One of the tenets of the evolution religion is that mankind is getting better and better. Where is the evidence of that?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This really is an original letter. Moving along:

Here I am referring to human relationships. If you look through history across all cultures, you see examples of envy, hate, robbery, brutal killings, etc. [Skipping more of the same.] I do not think we have evolved into better beings.

She’s right. The persistence of creationism is proof that we’re not getting better, and our lack of progress disproves evolution. Egad — there’s no way out of this! Ah, we’re coming to the end:

My main point is to try to direct those who accept evolution as absolute truth to begin questioning their views. Maybe you will not be so quick to condemn those who do not agree with you.

She’s talking to you, dear reader. Don’t be so quick to condemn those who question your absolute truth.

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #295: Evolution Has Failed

  1. Where are the fossils of the incremental stages from a one-cell organism to the marvelous human body?

    Another one of those arguments for Scientific Storkism.

  2. Charley Horse

    One of the comments from mathteacher on the article:
    “The reason the media treats evolution as a religion and accepts evolution as fact is because the media is run by liberal democrats who think global warming is real even though there have been addmissions by some scientists that they faked the data.”

    You can’t cure stupid….

  3. Jim Thomerson

    Sir Karl Popper’s “Conjecture and Refutation” is a fairly straightforward read on the nature of science. Popper is perhaps the major modern philosopher of science,.

  4. Now all we need are Evolution Churches in every community, Evolution radio networks, Evolution televangelists, tax protection for Evolution organizations, a copy of Darwin in every hotel room, Evolution displays on courthouse lawns… and on and on. I like this “Evolution is religion” idea. It has lots of benefits.

  5. Pete Moulton

    You’re onto something here, Ed. A copy of Darwin in every hotel room sounds like a terrific idea to me.

  6. One of the tenets of the evolution religion is that mankind is getting better and better. Where is the evidence of that?

    Well, the whole argument is specious, but its also amusing given that Stephen Pinker just wrote a book arguing fairly comprehensively that we have gotten less violent over time. I doubt he chalks it up to biological evolution, but its a funny coincidence someone uses ths argument just a couple months after Pinker’s book hits the stands.

  7. “The scientific method starts with a hypothesis and then finds data to back up that hypothesis. If there are other data that does [sic] not back the hypothesis, the investigator is supposed to consider the possibility that the original hypothesis is flawed or incomplete.”

    Uh, doesn’t this apply to creationism, a.k.a. intelligent design. I’ve never seen a statement of hypothesis offered, only the bold assertion of the “Theory of Intelligent Design,” with no supporting evidence or research whatsoever.

    And I do like Ed’s summary of a Book of Darwin in every hotel room, etc.

  8. retiredsciguy

    The letter writer asks, “One of the tenets of the evolution religion is that mankind is getting better and better. Where is the evidence of that?”

    The evidence is staring back at you when you look in a mirror. Since your genes will have a better chance of making it into the future if they are wrapped in an attractive package, humans have undoubtedly become more good-looking over the millennia. The problem is, photography wasn’t around 30,000 years ago, so we don’t have definitive proof. Likewise with IQ tests, but I’m sure the GEICO caveman would object.

  9. So the letter writer is saying that religion is a bad thing. Interesting…

  10. “The scientific method starts with a hypothesis”.
    Uh, no, it doesn’t. The scientific method starts with evidence.

  11. Evolution says nothing about organism getting “better”. They become better suited to their environment via natural selection. If humans are becoming less violent this is only better by a subjective measure. Our sense of beauty is also influenced by selective processes. People with fewer skin blemishes and more symmetric features may be healthier and therefore more likely to be able to produce viable offspring.

    If there is a sudden change in the environment a previously “fit” organism may no longer be as fit and therefore no longer “better”.

  12. Similarly another misunderstanding of evolution is that humans are more “evolved” than other organisms. This is not true. Every extant species is the most evolved in it particular lineage.

  13. @Ed and Pete, {singing …}

    Rocky Racoon, checked into his room,
    Only to find Origin of Species.