I posted a bit of a dig yesterday on America’s kinda aw, shucks attitude with respect to established scientific fact that tends to stretch the bounds of certain religious doctrines out of all proportion.
And so John Sabotta replies:
I don’t believe in evolution.
I’m going to repost my own reply here — not because I want to make fun of John, but really just to shed light on the fact that there is nothing in the world that’s particularly new about this phenomenon. I expect the evasion of the fact of evolution to persist for at least some more decades to come. The fact that acceptance of the facts is over 80% in some countries, and now even 40% in America essentially guarantees that it’s only a matter of time. Once some aspect of reality (like, say, the tyranny of Great Britain over Colonial America) is recognized by 15% of a population, the rest is only a matter of time. Only about 13% of colonists initially supported the revolution.
This is about science, not revolution and politics, and yet, I believe that makes no difference whatsoever in gaining acceptance of facts. Perhaps it’s even harder, since acceptance of scientific truths is an all-or-nothing proposition: once you decide to stop evading the scientific fact, then God could not have created Adam and Eve and placed them in a garden paradise to be tempted by a serpent, thus springing forth a bloodline of eternally, congenitally condemned souls in the tens of billions. There’s just no middle ground, no waffling, and no hedging of bets.
But as I explain to John, you are likely very safe in your evasion of this aspect of reality. Who knows? It might take so long to get to full acceptance of facts, that people yet to be born will live an entire full life, and die, never once really needing to question the myth of creation. When it becomes essential to put away the fantasy, you’ll know it. Until then: relax, I suppose.
That’s quite alright.
I note that the first references to a heliocentric cosmology — as
counter to the false yet more plausible (to primitive peoples)
geocentric cosmology — are to be found in the Vedic Sanskrit of
ancient India, 800-900 years B.C.
Then there was Aristarchus and Archimedes of Greece, some 300 years before Christ.
Seleucus of Babylonia, 200 years B.C.
Then, of course, there’s Aryabhata of India, again, about 500 A.D. And Bhaskara in 1200.
And while the Islamic world never proposed a heliocentric model, Ibn
al-Haitham, in about 1200, issued a scathing critique of Ptolemy’s
And so on. It wasn’t until Copernicus in the 1500s (2,000 years
after the first references to REALITY) that reality began to be
accepted. Yet, still, the church rejected it and even persecuted people
over it (including Galileo) for another 300 years.
We’re only, what, 150 years into the discovery of facts that will
ultimately compel evolution as the only plausible explanation? Seeing
as how it took nearly 2,500 years for the plain fact that the Earth
revolves around the sun to be accepted as the FACTS they were, I’d say
you are perfectly safe to persist in your fantasies with respect to
evolution for the remainder of your life.
I can’t see how evading the facts of the matter is really going to
cost you anything — like a job, common respect, and whatnot — for
quite some time.
Of course, we don’t think of the people who believed in a flat Earth
that the Universe revolved around once per day as fruit loops, today.
But, certainly, if someone were to evade such facts today, they’d surely be looked upon with some significant measure of ridicule.
But I think you’re safe. You’ll be long gone before the evasion you now embrace is widely regarded as insanity.