February 19th, 2007, 11:31 AM #1
Kooks on religious talk radio and evolution
This article pretty much is telling why 65% of Americans have a problem with understanding the Theory of Evolution.
They faithfully listen to kooks on the radio.The talk-radio version had a packed town hall up in arms at the “Why Evolution Is Stupid” lecture. In this version of the theory, scientists supposedly believe that all life is accidental, a random crash of molecules that magically produced flowers, horses and humans — a scenario as unlikely as a tornado in a junkyard assembling a 747. Humans come from monkeys in this theory, just popping into existence one day. The evidence against Darwin is overwhelming, the purveyors of talk-radio evolution rail, yet scientists embrace his ideas because they want to promote atheism.
These are just a few highlights of the awful and pervasive straw-man image of evolution that pundits harp about in books and editorials and, yes, on talk radio, and this cartoon version really is stupid. No wonder most Americans reject evolution in poll after poll.
But then there is the real theory of evolution, the one that was on display in that Harrisburg courtroom, for which there is overwhelming evidence in labs, fossils, computer simulations and DNA studies. Most Americans have not heard of it. Teachers give it short shrift in schools because the subject upsets too many parents who only know the talk-radio version. But real evolution isn’t random; it doesn’t say man came from monkeys. Those claims are made up by critics to get people riled up — paving the way for pleasing alternatives such as intelligent design.
Real evolutionary theory explains how life forms change across generations by passing on helpful traits to their offspring, a process that, after millions of years, gradually transforms one species into another. This does not happen randomly but through nature’s tendency to reward the most successful organisms and kill the rest. This is why germs grow resistant to antibiotics and why some turtles are sea animals and others survive quite nicely in the desert, and why dinosaurs — and more than 99 percent of all other species that have ever lived on Earth — are extinct.
The environment changes. The recipe for survival changes with it. And life changes to keep up — or it dies. Darwin’s signature insight is both brilliant and elegantly, brutally simple.
The real theory of evolution does not try to explain how life originated — that remains a mystery. The truth is that many scientists accept evolution and believe in God — and in a natural world so complete that it strives toward perfection all on its own, without need of a supernatural designer to keep it going.“Religion: Together we can find the cure.”
February 19th, 2007, 04:31 PM #2
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well a tough one is of course the complexity of the most basic form of chemical based life.
Assuming the most basic life form and dna required to achieve said life, you have a daunting task before you. it is difficult to see how you can line up all those chemicals and achieve life.
But just because I can not see a clear path to that basic life form does not make me think that a super being who cares if I masterbate and who lives in the sky somehow made life.
February 19th, 2007, 08:28 PM #3
Evolution doesn't address how life began on earth.“Religion: Together we can find the cure.”
February 20th, 2007, 12:46 AM #4
February 20th, 2007, 02:46 AM #5
Nope! This article is about misinforming folks about biological evolution.“Religion: Together we can find the cure.”
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