Creationist Wisdom #823: The Artist

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Northwest Florida Daily News of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The letter is titled Science does not represent truth, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we have a special situation. It’s Robbie L. Rogers, whose artwork is on display here. He’s also the author of Guilty of No Wrongdoing (Amazon link). His publisher is Tate Publishing. Their website is no longer functional, but Wikipedia says they’re a vanity press outfit that went out of business in January, and news stories aren’t very flattering.

Anyway, Robbie is an artist, so he qualifies for full name treatment. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

What is truth? In many cases there is no such thing, especially in the scientific realm. Science claims to be all about the exact truth, that which can be proven time after time. In fact the exact opposite is the case. Science continually guesses as to what the truth is, meaning scientists often end up with nothing more than what-ifs and maybe’s.

We love it when the letter writer lets us know, right up front, that he doesn’t have a clue. Then he says:

The individual disciplines of science, mathematics, chemistry, mechanics, electronics and other areas operate in the realm of exact truths as best they can. Yet science as a whole is often nothing more than bureaucrats who want to control our minds with what they believe is right and violently reject ideas that do not agree with their own guesses. Much like liberals, they mark you as stupid and dismiss any ideas you have as prattle because you do not agree with them. Science can become and often is a collection of educated bullies who believe they are the only ones with the correct answer, yet history has proven them wrong countless times.

Great, huh? It’s just getting started. Robbie tells us:

Those who think outside-the-box thoughts and prove their theorems based on scientific disciplines are often not accepted by the powers that be.

Yeah, that’s what happened to the Time Cube guy. Robbie continues:

Take the theory of evolution in particular. We send our young to the thousands of higher learning centers to be taught by people who are stuck in a “postulation kingdom.” Most of them have never been in a position of placing their so-called truths into practice.

No doubt about it. Let’s read on:

Gravity is real but can it really be explained? Einstein’s theory of relativity can be mathematically proven to a degree, yet he called it a theory. Time so far has proven him right, but he came from outside the acceptable community of thinkers and it took years for his work to be accepted.

The theory of evolution that is accepted by science as fact is an untruth and cannot be proven unless you make huge jumps in conclusions based on a guess, pure fiction based on acceptable fiction.

Evolution is the worst! Robbie provides some examples:

If you say DNA never dies but can be mutated by circumstances in the environment or manipulated by outside aspects, and you called that evolution, you might be right. But to jump to the conclusion that a whale grew legs and became a dinosaur, or a monkey is mankind’s relative, is more than a wild guess. It is not based on anything close to real truth. Truth does not come from educated idiots and there are many.

Now we’ll jump to the end:

If you want to believe in an evolution that says weird things like an ape was my daddy’s great granddaddy, then you are wrong. That is too big of a leap of faith. Nevertheless if science is right and evolution is real, then God caused it to happen. But I may be wrong.

Great letter, Robbie! Solid gold!

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19 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #823: The Artist

  1. Robbie should stick to artwork. His statements indicate that he knows nothing about science in general and evolution and Einstein in particular.

  2. Hey, Robbie – We ARE apes!

  3. ok, new proposal.

    At the end of high school, everybody gets assigned a ranking. Maybe a number from 1 to 100. This is based off several criteria… standard IQ tests, SAT scores, science grades, etc. We can worry about the details of that later.

    The ranking clearly delineates what you have the right to express an opinion on. That way, if you’re the flunky ****** who has an 80 IQ, didn’t do well in science, didn’t even score enough on the SAT to get into college, we will all know right away to tell you to STFU when you try to step outside your swim lane of intellectual ability.

    I’m not trying to be a fascist here, just that people seem to be forgetting their intellectual standing after they become adults…..

    #GATTICA
    #DUNNING-KROGER

  4. “But to jump to the conclusion that a whale grew legs and became a dinosaur …”

    Since he can’t even be bothered to get the chronology right (large mammals like whales preceded dinosaurs – who knew?) it actually does fit correctly into the rest of his willfully ignorant ranting. Nothing fails reality checks like belief systems.

  5. “…a whale grew legs and became a dinosaur …”

    What a gem! I wonder if he made this one up or if he read it on someone’s whacked website. Not even the Non-Rev. David Rives nor Ken “Elmer Gantry” Ham would come up with that. Whew!

  6. Besides having no respect for science, Robbie is pretty sloppy with the English language — or he doesn’t proofread. One of the paintings on his art website is titled “Autum Fog”. Since everyone has a different opinion about art, I’m not going to comment about Robbie’s except to say it probably sells well as notecards at local Santa Rosa Beach art fairs.

  7. I almost choked on my coffee when I got to the whales growing legs. Robbie ows me a new keyboard ….

  8. Holding The Line In Florida

    Damn Right!!! I am so proud when a local boy makes good!! The whale grew legs part just enlightens me to the error of my ways. Just in time too, I can now scrap my whole evilution class and concentrate on that perceptive insight. Welcome to my world…….

  9. “science as a whole is often nothing more than bureaucrats who want to control our minds”
    Given that computer and internet are products from scientific bureaucrats as well we can safely assume that this inane letter did not come from Robbie’s own mind butfrom a controlled one.

    “It’s just just getting started.”
    Our dear SC is so impressed by Rousing Robbie that he starts to stutter. Or maybe his mind is also controlled by scientific bureaucrats.

    “he came from outside the acceptable community of thinkers”
    Facts are for scientific bureaucratic mind controllers. Einstein used previous work from Lorentz and Poincaré.

  10. Of course whales came before dinosaurs. Whales (and Genesis is quite explicit) were Day Five, whereas dinosaurs, as land animals, were Day Six

    [Imagining myself a believer, I regard this as God’s deliberate mistake. Building evidence into the sacred text that it cannot possibly be taken literally]

  11. The idea that there are things in the Bible which are intentional signs that they are not to be taken literally was written by Origen.

  12. Drat! And I thought I was being a real smartass. Btw, did Origen specify examples? Maimonides ofc argued that there were expressions that were necessarily figurative, to match the limits of the understanding of those receiving the Teaching, but deliberately signalling is another matter

  13. I am going with Wikiquote.org for this. I don’t have the writings of Origen at hand, but it is in his “On First Principles”, Bk. 4, ch. 2, par 15-16.

  14. @Kosh – “#DUNNING-KROGER”

    #Love irony.

  15. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ante-Nicene_Fathers/Volume_IV/Origen/Origen_De_Principiis/IV/Chapter_2
    wikisource.com

    The Ante-Nicene Fathers: The Writings of the Fathers down to A.D. 325 (original edition 1885, various later printings and online editions)
    Volume IV – The Fathers of the Third Century
    Origen “De Principiis (“On First Principles”) volume IV chapter 2

  16. TomS: From the title: “Uncertainty in it; and of the Impossibility or Irrationality of Certain Things in it, Taken According to the Letter”

    Great stuff. I look forward to reading more

  17. Pretty good artist, though, if you ask me. Many of his cabins remind me of Ben Hampton’s, one of my favorites.

    He should hold the brush in his mouth when he’s not actually painting.

  18. The last paragraph was the best. Really dude. Write that long a letter then finish with well I might be wrong. Let’s be clear. You are wrong.

  19. Science claims to be all about the exact truth, that which can be proven time after time. In fact the exact opposite is the case. Science continually guesses as to what the truth is, meaning scientists often end up with nothing more than what-ifs and maybe’s.

    Sounds like creationism to me.

    This imbecile gets what science is about exactly backward. Scientific ideas, even evolution, are always provisional, subject to falsification by new information. And scientific “guesses” aren’t random; they are based on careful consideration of available information. If the information is incomplete, as it often is, scientists do the best they can with what they’ve got and look for further evidence to settle controversies.

    We send our young to the thousands of higher learning centers to be taught by people who are stuck in a “postulation kingdom.” Most of them have never been in a position of placing their so-called truths into practice.

    How would you put creationism into practice? At least evolution can be demonstrated, in a limited way, in the laboratory. Can creation?

    Truth does not come from educated idiots and there are many.

    It certainly doesn’t come from uneducated ones. There are plenty of those, too.