We have another letter-to-the-editor today. This one appears in the Longview News-Journal of Longview, Texas. The headline is Letters on Clinton, Trump, evolution. You’ll see three letters there. Ours is the last of the three, titled “Stick to the facts.” The newspaper has a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is John. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I wish science teachers would stick to teaching science in science class, not speculation on the unobserved past. [Hee hee!] One of the hallmarks of good education is simply observing what exists in the real world and trying to learn from it. Students need to be able to distinguish between fact and opinion. Promoting the current popular opinion as fact from an “expert” has led to embarrassing mistakes.
From his remark about the unobserved past, it’s not too difficult to guess what John has in mind. But first he reminds us of some “embarrassing mistakes” by experts. He says:
As a child I remember a new food product called margarine (instead of natural butter) was promoted for prevention of heart disease. Decades later we realize consumption of trans fats was the worst possible advice. Similarly the opinion about the consumption of eggs, coffee and chocolate being bad for us has flip-flopped too. Opinions vary, facts do not.
After those powerful examples of scientific idiocy, John tells us:
Evolution promoters resent any dissent despite the increasing difficulty of holding to the evolutionary bottom line philosophy of nothing plus nobody equals everything for no reason.
“Nothing plus nobody equals everything for no reason.” Yup — that’s a good description of evolution. John continues:
There are many reasons to doubt vertical macro evolution happened at all, given the incredible complexity of life all around us.
John doesn’t like vertical macro evolution. He prefers the horizontal micro-macro mambo. Now here comes the best part of the letter:
I challenge these promoters of evolution to cite any example anywhere of order and complexity arising from disorder by chance.
Well, dear reader. Are you able to meet John’s challenge? You’re not allowed to cheat by looking at Wikipedia’s article on Self-organization. While you’re pondering that, we’ll read on:
If evolution of creatures into totally different ones happened, then the fossil record should be mostly these in-between kinds (transitional forms). The fossil evidence is just not there in sufficient form to support this evolutionary idea of one type of creature turning into a totally different kind slowly over vast ages.
John thinks the fossil record should be almost nothing but transitional species. Well, properly understood, that’s mostly what it is — except for species that went extinct. And now we come to the end:
The world’s most-often quoted evolutionist is Oxford University’s Richard Dawkins and he has stated, “Evolution is the greatest engine of atheism ever devised in the mind of man.” Our children need education, not indoctrination.
John saved his strongest point for the end. Great letter, huh?
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