Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Frederick News-Post of Frederick, Maryland. It’s titled Alternative science is valid, and the newspaper has a comments feature at the end, with 40 comments there already.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We found some clues that he may be a urologist, but that’s not enough for full name treatment, so we’ll use only his first name, which is Robert. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Robert refers to an earlier article in that newspaper which “essentially asserts that those who do not accept evolution or a man-made global warming crisis are ignorant of basic science.” Regarding such people, Robert says:
But their ideas, though contrary to majority views, could be true as have many well founded minority views throughout history.
Yes, that sometimes happens, but all too often, contrary opinions are as useful as The Time Cube. Then Robert mentions the controversy over global warming (which we’ll ignore), and after that he tells us:
Although a large majority of scientists accept neo-Darwinism, there are thousands of Ph.D.s and other scientists who doubt this theory.
Only the Discoveroids say “neo-Darwinism,” so we know where Robert gets his information. As for the “thousands of Ph.D.s and other scientists” who doubt evolution, that’s a wild exaggeration. Even the Discoveroids’ list, which they call A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism, has less than a thousand, and most of them aren’t biology professionals or scientists at all. Let’s read on:
Compulsory public school censorship of evidence unfavorable to evolution, and de facto exclusion in most universities and the main media, are reasons that most of the public, even scientists, do not know the scientific case against evolution.
Wow — the “Darwinist” censorship is so effective that even scientists don’t know the case against evolution. Fortunately, Robert knows — because he reads creationist websites. By the way, what is the case against evolution — aside from the allegedly vast number of dissenters? Maybe we’ll find out. Robert continues:
Creationists and even scientists who espouse evolution have seriously questioned traditional evidence for evolution, as well as more recent claims such as feathered dinosaurs, 1 percent similarity of human and chimpanzee genes and many alleged ape ancestors of man.
No one except creationists seriously questions the genuineness of feathered dinosaur fossils. As for that “1 percent similarity of human and chimpanzee genes,” we’ll let Robert’s words speak for themselves. Here’s more:
Ninety-eight percent of genes had long been considered junk DNA, useless remnants from ancestor species and great proof for evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No, Robert — that’s 98% of the genome. That’s still essentially true, but it’s now more like 93%. Presumably, Robert thinks every little scrap of the genome is utterly essential. That’s what the Discoveroids think, because why else would the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — have put it in our genome? Ah well, moving along:
But they now have been discovered to play crucial roles in regulating other genes. This is an important breakthrough for understanding and treating many diseases.
He’s still confused about the difference between “genes” and “genome,” Anyway, some small fraction of what had been regarded as junk DNA has been found to play a regulatory role. The rest still seems to be junk. The last time we wrote about that was a month ago: Hey Casey! Our Genome Is 93% Junk. Here’s how the letter ends:
Indoctrination, censorship and political correctness are often enemies of an open exchange of ideas and scientific progress.
Powerful criticism indeed! With brave souls like Robert, maybe the long-suppressed minority view will finally see the light of day. Won’t that be wonderful?
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