Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Bristol Herald Courier of Bristol, Virginia. It’s titled Despite Talley’s column, maybe we are more than just dust, and 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 Tim. Excerpts from the letter will be enhanced with some bold font for emphasis and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
You’ve heard the phrase “Kick them when they’re down”; well, Ben Talley does just that in his “Dust in the wind” Education Beat column last Sunday (Jan. 24). To folks who are mentally, emotionally and even physically exhausted from all that 2020 has thrown at them, he delivers the coup de grace (a final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person) [Thanks for the definition!] by declaring that humans are just dust — cosmic dirt in a cold, indifferent, purposeless universe.
Humans are just cosmic dirt? That’s horrible! This is the column that has Timmy so upset: All we are is dust in the wind. Timmy says:
As one famous scientist once put it: “The cosmos is all that ever is, or was, or ever will be.” [Timmy can’t remember Carl Sagan’s name!] Boy, that’s encouraging! Science claims that the Darwinian mechanism of mutation and natural selection is responsible for the origin of life. [No, that was chemistry, not evolution!] If this mechanism is an accurate description of reality, then by necessity, evolution must also be responsible for creation of the cell and the vast quantity of instructional information it contains.
That was bad, but now brace yourself for an ark-load of blather about “information.” Timmy tells us:
Can nature create information? Science assures us that it can. But there is a little problem with all of this that science does not willingly disclose to the public. The problem is that the staggering complexity of the cell itself defies any explanation for its existence through a chance-based process like Darwinism.
It appears that Timmy has totally swallowed the Discoveroids’ concept of “information,” about which see Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information, and also Intelligent Design Is the Science of Information. He continues:
The complexity of life is far, far beyond the reach of chance. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] We know that chemicals left to themselves do not make a biological cell. The only other causal agent known to mankind is design.
Timmy says “we know” that you can’t get a biological cell from chemicals “left to themselves.” That claim isn’t based on a law of nature, and it’s actually quite likely that it will happen — given enough time and the proper environment — see Casey and the Miller-Urey Experiment, #2. What other creationist clunkers does Timmy have for us? Let’s read on:
Our common experience as intelligent beings tells us the only plausible source of things like design, information and instructions is intelligence.
Ooooooooooooh! That’s our common experience. Another excerpt:
Life looks designed. Maybe it is.
Hey — that’s a terrific argument! And now we come to the end:
We do not have to strain to see design in nature. It is all over the place. And whoever the Designer is, mankind is His greatest work. Maybe we are more than just dust.
That was an amazingly persuasive letter, don’t you agree, dear reader?
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