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Friday, May 06, 2005

Always Remember Rule #1

Rule #1 states "People are stupid!"

It goes on to say "while an individual person may exhibit signs of intelligence, "People" will tend to act in accordance with the least intelligent possibility (hence the popularity of right wing "republican" religious fascism throughout the world).

Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the so called "debate" between evolution and "creationism".

Because there is a huge amount of disinformation on the subject I am going to take it upon myself to lay out the information in a way that anyone can understand.

Evolution is not a theory, it is an observable fact.

Get over it.

Natural selection is a theory about how evolution works. It is one of a few competing theories, but we will get to that in a moment.

The biblical creation story found in Genesis is a myth.

The theory of "intelligent design" as it is being advocated by the Christian Taliban is not in fact a theory of intelligent design, it is a smoke screen attempting to get people to accept the Genesis creation myth as fact.

At this juncture I should point out that the value of a theory is found in what comes out of it.

In the case of natural selection as a valuable theory, what has emerged from it is large sections of today's biological sciences, most importantly perhaps, the science of genetics.

Contrast this to all the scientific breakthroughs that have come from taking a literal view on the creation myth of Genesis, which are,........ How do I put this delicately? Well..... Absolutely none, zero, zip.

As a matter of fact, when it comes to observations of the natural world, Christian Dogma has been 100% incorrect.

The only reason that Christian dogma survived in the scientific community of Europe as long as it did was because it was enforced with sword and torch.

I should point out that far from taking the bible as literal truth, early "Christian dogma based science" was very selective about what it took from the bible. For instance it ignored all the rules about hygiene found in the Torah, which made Europe in the Dark Ages the planet's pesthole.

Now here is the thing, the world-view of the fundamentalist Christian Taliban is a straw house. The slightest breeze of objective inquiry begins to quickly erode it.

I will give you just one example.

The Christian Taliban dogma insists that the male of the species is of more importance, and is dominant over the female by "God's decree". But actual observation of the natural world tells us that the opposite is true.

I would go so far as to say that it is more likely, that when God created the first couple, he created Eve first, then Adam. Meditate on parthenogenesis for a bit and you will see what I mean.

There is a price you pay for legislating dogma, the best recent example of this is to be found in Stalin's support of T.D. Lysenko and his mandating that the evolutionary theories of Lamarck as the one official reality of the USSR.

What this did was to make Soviet genetic science almost completely unworkable.

This of course made it very difficult to produce enough food and other bio-resources. It also put the USSR years behind the US in the bio-sciences.

Interestingly, there are a couple of theories that support "intelligent design", the most promising of which is morphic resonance as formulated by Dr Rupert Sheldrake, but there are two problems. It doesn't support right wing Christian dogma, and the dogmatists in the scientific community are unwilling to objectively examine the data. (The Christians and Muslims are not the only groups that have a Taliban).

So when the Christian Taliban tell you that they only want their dogma to get equal time with rigorously tested scientific theories, you need to understand that what they are really saying is that they want to take the US into a new Dark Age.

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