Human history is littered with incorrect beliefs, some of them strange, some merely mistakes (see Wikipedia’s list of Superseded scientific theories), most of which have been long forgotten. But some persist as fringe beliefs. Examples are astrology, magic crystals, crop circles, haunted houses, astral projection, and moon-landing denial. Although those still linger, almost no one takes them seriously
Creationism is as wrong as any of those, demonstrably so, yet it has numerous believers, and — incredibly — some political influence. Today’s challenge is for you to predict whether creationism: (1) will one day join astrology as an all but universally abandoned belief; or (2) whether it will survive, more or less as popular as today. In addition to your prediction, we want to know why you believe that.
The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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