After years in your service describing and debunking creationism, it’s time that we produced a summary of what we’ve observed as the most commonly deployed creationist techniques. We herewith present a preliminary summary of our experience. Professional creationists — charlatans all — know these are worthless arguments, and their drooling followers mindlessly repeat them:
1. Hitler. Creationists always claim that Darwin’s theory inspired Hitler. This is a manifestation of what is commonly known as Godwin’s law. According to Wikipedia: “[I]f an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or his deeds.” For rebuttal, see Hitler and Darwin.
2. Fraud. Creationists always mention Piltdown Man, an actual fraud so foolishly contrived that it literally contradicted Darwin’s theory — because man couldn’t have evolved on an island with no pre-human primates. Then they claim that all the evidence for evolution is equally fraudulent. For rebuttal, see Piltdown Man: The Creationists’ Savior.
3. Racism. They always claim that evolution is a racist theory, despite all the evidence to the contrary — see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin.
4, Were you there? Creationists claim that science can’t tell us anything about the past, for which the only true evidence is the bible — see Were You There? They ignore all evidence to the contrary, such as The Lessons of Tiktaalik.
5. No transitional fossils. This comes up all the time, and for rebuttal we always link to Wikipedia’s List of transitional fossils.
6. It’s all about sex (or depravity, or atheism, etc.). The typical creationist dismisses evolution (or any other scientific theory he doesn’t like) by claiming that it’s a big lie devised to allow its advocates to lead a sinful life; but they have no evidence that scientists are more sinful than creationists.
7. Evolution is a religion. The irony of this one speaks for itself. To support this claim, creationists ignore the actual meaning of religion (a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances), and use the fifth or sixth definition in dictionaries, where the word “religion” can be used for anything believed with ardor.
8. The creationist scientific method. They all use this, which we’ve described several times before. Here it is again:
There are more devices routinely used by creationists. You’ll find others in The Creationist Troll’s Toolkit, but those listed above are the most commonly seen. We’ve undoubtedly omitted a few, so if you can think of any that we’ve missed, let us know and we’ll add them to the catalog.
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