Curmudgeonly Thoughts on Darwin Day

Charles Darwin was born on 12 February 1809 — that’s 207 years ago today. His theory of evolution, in its conception and subsequent validation, is a great example of the scientific method, which liberated us from the blinders and shackles of supernaturalism. It’s one of the crown jewels of the Enlightenment, which is utterly despised by contemporary creationists. (This blog’s third post was Discovery Institute: Enemies of the Enlightenment.)

We know that creationists are feeling particularly ornery today, because we’ve seen it before — but this time it’s likely to be even worse for them. Or it certainly should be.

Why? Because in the past few days, the news has been all over the place that, in the words of PhysOrg’s headline: Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction. You already know about this, so a couple of excerpts should be sufficient:

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.


“This detection is the beginning of a new era: The field of gravitational wave astronomy is now a reality,” says Gabriela González, LSC spokesperson and professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University.

Nothing like that has ever happened regarding creationism. That’s because religion and theology appeared millennia before the scientific method was developed. They do different things and they use different methods, so the achievements of science are and will remain outside the experience of religion. Creationists will never — we repeat, never — have a moment like the one which just occurred regarding gravitational waves. They must forever sit on the sidelines, watching science go from triumph to triumph, while they take comfort in believing that we’re bound for the Lake of Fire.

And so, dear reader, your Curmudgeon wishes you a Happy Darwin Day!

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16 responses to “Curmudgeonly Thoughts on Darwin Day

  1. Gravitational waves will become the new “Galileo argument” for creationists. They’ll state that, “It was 100 years from the time Einstein predicted gravitational waves to the time when they actually detected gravitational waves. Just as it will be with irreducible complexity / no-junk DNA / complex specified information, it might take 100 years, but we’ll be proven right, THEN YOU’LL BE SORRY!”

  2. Don’t mean to spam, but had another thought: Zika virus. Here’s the perfect opportunity for the IDers / IDCers / “creation scientists” to show the true worth, the true power, of their “theories”. Use them to deal with this formidable problem. Show that they actually can be used to deal with real-world problems.
    Otherwise, as SC says, sit down on the sidelines and shut up.

  3. My Darwin Day present: another reason to learn Dutch. Gravitational waves explained in only a few minutes.

  4. Hey, doesn’t WordPress like short videos about gravitational waves? How sad on Darwin Day.

  5. Ah – it appeared with a short delay.
    If you think my last two comments superfluous, dear SC, go ahead and remove them.

  6. Aren’t the Discoveroids due to name their ‘Censor of the Year’ today?

  7. Megalonyx asks: “Aren’t the Discoveroids due to name their ‘Censor of the Year’ today?”

    They already did. It’s the Methodists. I didn’t think it was worth writing about.

  8. But gravity wave are BS!! I know this because ‘you weren’t there!!!!’
    You just saw some bugs interfere with the equipment! This has to be the case cuz they are not mentioned in the book o’BS I believe in!!!
    Isn’t amazing how easy it is to just pull BS out ones ass!?!?! And make stuff up! No wonder the IDers can attract so many, it don’t take much intelligence to go with ID!!!!
    And yes Gary it is a shame how after being in power for over 2000yrs the religious dimwits have yet to use their awesome powers to do anything good for humanity!?!?!?

  9. And it came to pass that gravity waves were detected, in accordance with Einstein’s prophecy.

  10. By naming the Methodists it means they really didn’t have a good censor. Coyne was hoping for another title. You’d think he would be a shoe-in with his book, Faith versus Fact.

  11. I’m still trying to figure out what the Methodists did to actually censor the DI. From the sheer volume of their blog posts, press releases, and whining, if anything the Methodists are responsible in an upswing of communication volume, not the downswing you would expect from censorship. But then, what did Jerry and Neil do to actual censor them either. Hmm, to paraphrase a favorite movie: ‘Johnnie [West], I don’t think the word censor means what you think it means.’

  12. michaelfugate

    Happy Darwin Day! A new paper on mathematical anti-evolution by Jason Rosenhouse announced on his blog today. I would suggest our good buddy Wayne Rossiter of self-published genius fame might benefit from reading it.

  13. Because the Bible doesn’t mention the existence of Idaho, I don’t believe in Boise. And any map that shows that secular municipality has been corrupted by sin.

  14. @mnb0: Thank you for posting that video. Since I don’t speak Dutch, I watched it with no sound, and it was very clear (well, I had read comments about the work on Science and Nature sites, so maybe that helped). And I took German in graduate school, so I knew what the Einstein cartoon at the end said. Anyway, it’s great. Thank you.

  15. What would creationists make of the recent discovery of gravitational waves? Well, there’s this.

    No matter what scientists find, creation believers will find some way either to dismiss it or to twist it into “support” for their quackery.