Six months have passed since we added to our “Stupid Driven” series, in which we offer disconnected observations we’ve made while reporting on The Controversy between evolution and creationism. These are sometimes taken from our earlier articles, but all of them were inspired by reading and analyzing the “work” of creationists.
For earlier episodes in this thrilling series, see: Part I, followed by Part II, and then Part III, and then Part IV, and then Part V, and then Part VI, and then Part VII, and then Part VIII, and then Part IX, and most recently Part X. Okay, here we go:
Nature is an elusive wench. She teases us as we pursue her, yielding a little bit of her charms every now and then to those she deems worthy, but she never yields completely. We keep chasing her because we have no choice. She won’t come knocking at your door. She plays hard to get, but so what? She’s the only girl in town.
Politicians’ speeches are like a harlot’s cries of ecstasy. No one takes that stuff seriously; it’s just part of the service. With politicians, all that matters is their record of results, not the noises they make.
Our non-US readers may not know the expression used in Texas to describe a pretentious but ineffective blowhard: All hat and no cattle. That has inspired your Curmudgeon’s description of theology: All talk and no data.
What is to be done about a segment of society — a large segment — that refuses to recognize reality? Our answer is … nothing. If they leave us alone, we should leave them alone. If they get aggressive and try to force their dogma upon us, then uncompromising resistance is essential.
What should you do if you find yourself in an encounter with a creationist true believer? Recognize that if such people are no longer of school age, they are hopelessly lost. Whether they’re merely ignorant, mentally deficient, or truly insane makes no difference — they don’t want to learn and they don’t think they need to. In their view of things, you are the one who needs help.
Don’t debate with a creationist and don’t disagree with him; that’s potentially dangerous. Don’t try to change his mind — he has no mind. You’ll have to fake it until you can extricate yourself. Let the creationist speak. If he pauses, waiting for some response, say something safe like: “Praise the Lord!” or “I didn’t know that.” Then make your getaway as quickly as you can.
If humans are intelligently designed, why is there any need for occupations like optometry and dentistry?
The “scientific theory” about a magical, mystical, non-materialistic intelligent designer — blessed be he! — is nothing but that old-time religion, repackaged in fancy terminology. It’s a pathetic disguise, rather like a withered hag who dresses in what the young girls are wearing, jazzes herself up with a frizzy hairdo, puts on way too much makeup, and then goes out to a disco (if such still exist) looking for romance.
The conflict between science and religion is as absurd as a conflict between opera and baseball. Some people like one, often passionately, but have no interest in the other. Some people enjoy both, and there are others who don’t care for either one. So it is with science and religion. They’re entirely different activities that have nothing in common at all — and neither conflicts with or opposes the other. Alleged conflicts are nothing more than hooliganism, and when science is confronted with it, accommodationalist attitudes amount to cowardice.
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