Where to begin this morning?
How about here, where ignorance and Bronze Age literature reign supreme.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or perhaps just engrossed in American Idol or some other diversion from ‘reality’), you’ll have heard of the new Creation Museum, which has just opened in Petersburg, Ky. The abomination of human ‘intellect’ is dedicated to the biblical view of ‘creation’; namely that god created the universe in six days (and the Earth before the Sun, as loony as that sounds) and that, wait for it, dinosaurs co-existed with human beings.
I’m not going to go into any long discussion of all of this; it doesn’t deserve it. If you believe that dinosaurs and humans were present on Noah’s Ark (or that Noah’s Ark existed at all), feel free to stop reading right now; nothing I say will convince you of your utter stupidity. Belief in biblical creation is not an ‘alternative world view’. It is an asinine ignorance, and it is insulting to those of us who devote our lives to the elucidation of what is demonstrably true.
You may not be able to understand the fact of evolution (despite the multiple converging lines of evidence), but it is fact nevertheless. The universe is not 6000 years old; for Thor’s sake, we have cave paintings that are five times older than this. Good Zeus, the Sumerians had learned to brew beer earlier than that.
If there really were a ‘scientific controversy’, there would be ample scholarship, in the peer reviewed literature, supporting the falsifiable theory that the universe is 6000 years old, that all creatures, great and small, were created exactly as they appear now, that two of each creature were carried on an Ark during a world wide flood (was it freshwater or saltwater? Ether way, you kill off half of all aquatic species), from which all current creatures are descended. As you may have guessed, there is precisely zero evidence suggesting any of this. By contrast, the peer reviewed literature is jammed with evidence suggesting evolution by natural selection.
Consider how much time will be wasted and how much potential progress of human initiative and potentially life-saving discoveries will be not be made today because various people felt the need to believe a ridiculous 3000 year old story for which no evidence exists and for which there is demonstrable theoretical and physical evidence against.
Oh, and just so you’re really scared, the man with his finger on the self-destruct button, the man who controls the destiny of every single man, woman, and child on this planet, believes every word of it.
If you believe in reason, logic, and the scientific method, if you accept rational thought and empirical evidence, I urge you to fight this non-scientific trash in any way you can. Speak out; it is not ok to give faith a pass simply because it is faith. Beg, borrow, or steal (well, don’t steal) a copy of The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene, and The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins; The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris, Breaking the Spell and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennett, and the all-time classic, On The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
Above all, do not be afraid to learn; do not let dogma, in any form, patrol your existence. The code of life, and of all existence, is queerer than we can suppose, as Haldane suggested; for the sake of all of us, do your best to contribute to the decoding of even a small part of it.