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Apologists for Truth

I sure hate to see apologetic stuff like this on a libertarian blog.

A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science
textbooks of stickers warning that evolution is a theory to be
critically examined, not a fact (see here).
The sticker didn’t say evolution didn’t happen; merely that no one

could be certain that it did, which is a pretty accurate claim.

Now, I don't much care or get worked up about what one part of the state requires another to do. But to characterize it as "a pretty accurate claim?"

How about these equally ridiculous and ignorant (especially ignorant, to the point of utter stupidity) pretty accurate claims:

- A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science
textbooks of stickers warning that relativity is a theory to be
critically examined, not a fact.

- A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science
textbooks of stickers warning that gravity is a theory to be
critically examined, not a fact.

- A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science
textbooks of stickers warning that atomic structure is a theory to be
critically examined, not a fact.

- A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science
textbooks of stickers warning that the speed of light is a theory to be
critically examined, not a fact.

And so on... Ridiculous, huh? You know, I've been hearing this "it's just a theory" bromide now since I was a youngster. It was stupid then, and even more stupid now. It merely serves to expose the utter ignorance people have about the scientific method, in general.

Go ahead and read some of the comments to the post I cited above, which do far better than I at dispelling these sorts of misunderstandings.

In conclusion, there is absolutely no serious question whatsoever about the fact of evolution (in history and continuing, observably). There have not been any serious questions for some time. The questions that are raised are designed for the exclusive appeal and consumption of scientific ignoramuses, or those so blinded by obedience to faith that they're skeptical of anything not found in their ancient texts or spoon fed them by some self-proclaimed authority or guru.

Most of this "missing link" and "transitional form" crapola has been solved for many years now. While there are questions about evolution that still need answering, there are questions about relativity and gravity that still need answering. Science is a never-ending quest.

Science, unlike religion does not have the luxury of having all knowledge written down in an ancient text 2,000 years ago. But go ahead. Have at it. Put faith and that ancient text ahead of observable science and fact and live a generally uncompetitive and unsatisfying life of disappointment and despair.

Oh, by the way, does anyone watch Penn & Teller's BULLSHIT! program on Showtime? If you don't, do, or TiVo it. They take on every sort of whacked-out notion like this: from talking with the dead, to enviro-whack-jobs, to creation "scientists." They're not apologetic. Bullshit is bullshit. Assholes are assholes. Fuck-heads are fuck-heads. Simple.

It was hilarious the other night. They made Duane Gish sound like a moron. Actually, he did that all by himself. They just let him talk. Last night, they were at some eco-march in DC. Every person they talked to was a moron. They circulated a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide (water) and got hundreds of signatures. In fact, not a single person turned them down.

Well, enough rambling on for now. I'll get back to heaping scorn and ridicule on morons and idiots (most people) soon enough.

Comments

  1. Well, sure, if he said that then he's off base. Thing is, I bet he'd be the first to cop to it if you brought it up. In watching the show, he's quite honest. I could give examples.

    Nonetheless, religious belief of any degreee and any sort is irrational. Simple fact. Of course, that's not to say that we all don't engage in a pet irrationality or two.

  2. Stalinism is a religion. It has a God, it has a Devil, it has Prophet(s), it has Desciples, it has the Heathen, it has Heretics, it has the Saved and the Damned, and it has the Pope. Hell, it even has the Bible. What more does a religion need?

    I was originally going to comment on DHMO. Is that ignorance hook still going around? I thought it had ended by now.

  3. The only reason people want evolution seen as "just a theory" is so they can introduce Creationism as "just a theory", as if that gave it equal merit for being taught in public schools.

  4. OK, John. I'm sure you know I often speak in over-generalities. I do that because those individuals whom I'm not speaking of know exactly who they are.

  5. John Sabotta says:

    Well, in the interest of calling bullshit and assholes by name:

    "When 9/11 hit, the second thing I said to myself was, "This really is what religious people do." – Penn Jillette

    I guess Stalinism, then is just "something atheists do", by this sort of logic.

    Vast landscapes of ruin stretch out in all directions, extending far into our forseeable future. I suppose it's just too Goddamned much to expect people to forgo irrational hatred, really.

    Anyway, this is why I refuse to ever see anything by Penn and Teller – and I used to like their act quite a bit. No more, though.

  6. John Sabotta says:

    As I said, I used to like them. They're just something else that's turned into complete shit, which is a general trend I've noticed.

    You're all right, though. I'm not indicting you or atheism, just the shabby impulse that thinks slander by association (even very tenuous association) is legitimate.

  7. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Global Warming is only a theory, and a pretty thread bare theory at that.
    Can we get that all on a sticker?

  8. Global warming is an hypothesis. Moreover, even if it attains the status of theory where its predictions are verified by observation over and over (as genuine theories are), there is still the matter of what causes it (i.e., climatology, natural phenomena, or man's activities).

  9. Oh, also, measurable warming (mean tempurature) over time has been verified in various regions on the planet. Measurable cooling has been verified in others. But general warming, as in _GLOBAL_ warming, has not been verified in the slightest, which would mean measurable warming over the entire planet.

  10. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Actually, global warming is a religion.

  11. Any of you guys ever been over to James Randi's website (www.randi.org)? Aside from my wife's blog (http://heissescheisse.blogspot.com) the most fun you can have on the internet with irrationality-bashing.

    Oh yeah, and it's pretty anti-religious, too. Which is a good thing, if you ask me.

    - Blackpriester