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June 16, 2006

Rob Hood and the Saga of the Skipped Chapter

Rob Hood, known to most of us as "who?," apparently blogs here and then has some of his entries (dependent upon how generally right-wing wacky they can be) crossposted over here.

So, what is Rob blogging about intelligently? Not so much.

How about just blogging? Oh, that. Uh... intelligent design.

As I went through my year in high school Biology, I never really paid much attention to the chapter about evolution. I had glanced over it from time to time but never really read it in depth.
Which, you'll note, is a great way to convince readers that you're qualified to talk about subjects like the scientific origins and diversity of life.
When it came time for the class to enter this now very controversial chapter, our teacher simply stated that she was not going to teach that chapter because it raised too many questions regarding religion and often sparked trouble with parents.
Your teacher was a weak-willed wimp who did a disservice to all of his/her students by refusing to teach science because of the influence of faith.
So, we did skip the chapter on evolution.
You don't say.
The debate rages today over evolution versus Intelligent Design, but I really can’t see what all the fuss is about.
Neither can I. Asking students to choose between a solid scientific theory that best fits observations and with explanatory and predictive capabilities that have only served to strengthen its foundation and a going-nowhere argument from personal incredulity with absolutely nothing in the way of positive research to support it is just silly.
Intelligent Design theory only gives an alternative to the unproven theory of evolution.
Pssst, hey, dude that didn't read the chapter on evolution... did you read the one on science itself? Nothing is ever proven; ideas may eventually reach a point where to question them without contrary evidence is irrational, but that's not the same thing as proven. All it takes is one ball to fall upward from Earth and that theory of gravitation will need some rethinking.
In no way does it endorse a particular religion. In no way does it say that Jesus, or Buddha, or Muhammad created the universe. It simply recognizes that a higher authority or supreme being created the universe. It is not specific as to religion or denomination and therefore cannot be associated with mixing religion or Christianity with science.
Uh... when you posit a creative force outside of nature (aka "supernatural"), you enter into the realm of religion. So sorry. Guess your teacher skipped that whole chapter on the dictionary too.
Some of the greatest scientists in history did believe in a God that created the Universe. Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo were among those. Intelligent Design in itself is not the same as creationism as some has misunderstood.
And maybe your teacher skipped that chapter on subject/verb agreement as well. Hey, don't feel bad, Rob; I was educated in Alabama, right next door to your home state of Mississippi, so I know what it's like. Happily, we had your state upon which to look down our noses.
While it does recognize that a higher authority created the universe, it stops right there while Creationism endorses the account of Genesis where God, the Father of Jesus Christ, spoke the universe and all we see today into existence in a literal six day time period, so there is a difference between Creationism and Intelligent Design.
Bzzzz, thanks for playing, Rob!

Perhaps you'd care to explain, as documented in the Dover decision, why the key ID textbook, Of Pandas and People, had every reference to creationism and creation *snort* science changed to "intelligent design" when it became the buzzword of the ignoranti.

There is no difference. Intelligent Design is Creationism wearing nerd glasses from a prop store.

While no one really knows the actual age of the earth itself or the universe itself, scientists on both side of the political spectrum have their own views and theories. Secular scientists who dismiss the Bible as book of errors say that the earth is millions of years old.
Pssst, genius - the Earth is believed to be 4.5 BILLION years old. Now, sure, there are a lot of millions in 4.5 billion, so you're technically correct; however, that would mean that saying "scientists believe the Earth is a whole lot of decades - a mess of'em! - old" would be correct as well.

That you can't even get the most basic facts straight is sad. And, well, further evidence that you and your teacher skipped more than one chapter during your high school career.

Dinosaurs existed and died out millions of years before man "appeared" on the scene. Christian scientists who do believe in creation say that the earth is between 4,000 and 6,000 years old and that mankind lived at the same time dinosaurs did and that the larger animals like dinosaurs died by drowning in the flood of Noah.
Which is why we point at them and laugh.


Of course you might be laughing at this idea,
Holy cripes, he could hear me through time and space and the internets??
but if you study it carefully and start to see the progress being made in Creation research, you might change your mind.
Or, if you're a thinking individual, you might wonder just how Rob defines words like "progress."
The most asked question about this theory is "If man and dinosaurs existed at the exact same time, them why are human bones and dinosaur bones not found close together"?
Rob, the question mark goes inside of the quotations. Yet another chapter skipped.
This is a very good question, but it also has a very good answer according to a top creation researcher Bodie Hodge, a staff member, and educated speaker/researcher for Ken Ham’s Answers In Genesis group.
Of course, it does. It might not have a good answer according to people who actually understand the subject, but if you ask the dolts at AIG, they'll clap and applaud like seals begging for Jesus fish.
He claims that during the flood of Noah, humans would have fled to higher ground like mountains. Perhaps huge dinosaurs couldn’t climb mountains?
What about the ones that could fly?
Once the flood waters came, it buried plant life and animal life on the lower elevations and fossilized them first. Human bones would be the last to be buried by the flood waters since they were at a higher elevation.
Apparently, those humans also carried a whole lot of seashells and ocean plants up the mountain with them, probably as offerings to their false gods!

It's all so clear!

If you look at fossil records, there may very well be much truth in this theory.
And, if you understand that at which you are looking, you might realize that the goons at AIG are half-wits propping up their ideology with lies, misinformation, and general stupidity. But, hey, free country, blah blah blah.
I know what I was taught as a child and it’s hard for me to comprehend that the whole universe and everything in it just one day accidentally invented itself.
Leaving aside the logical fallacy of the argument from personal incredulity (go look that one up, Rob, as I'm sure your philosophy professor probably skipped that chapter), you might want to pick up some books (without skipping chapters) on cosmology and theoretical physics. I've yet to find one that simplifies the math by saying "and the universe accidentally invented itself! NEAT!"
I am one to still believe in creationism where God spoke the world into existence.
No way! Who knew?

So, rather than a natural universe that has always been here, you think it's more likely that an inexplicable and eternal deity (skip the chapter on how that deity got here, because that just makes the ol' noggin hurt) snapped his fingers and made it all out of pure imagination while Willy Wonka sang a touching tune about it.

You mention on your blog that you did well in classes... but, uh, if your teachers skip the hard and challenging chapters, that's rather like saying you placed first in the Super Special Olympics.

I suppose everyone is entitled to his or her opinion since we live in a free country, but evolution still makes no sense if all of the evidence against it is considered.
Well, sure, if you take the theory of evolution and divide it by the evidence against it, you get a "divide by zero" error and your SQL routine just belches all over itself.
Even Darwin himself had some doubts about his own theory and yet we see some teaching it today like it is a proven infallible fact, and that makes for bad science indeed.
Darwin's only doubts about his theory were that, as brilliant as he thought it was, certain complexities might be shown to be beyond explanation. Guess what, J-trooper, they haven't been. Irreducible complexity is a sham. Do some research somewhere other than AIG.

After all, if you wanted to know about evolution, would you consult evolutionary scientists or a porn star? I suppose it depends on if you're looking to get a little fluff action, actually, but no matter.

This battle against the idiocy of intelligent design is not going to be a battle of evidence or argument, but a battle of wills. We on the side of reason go where the evidence demands we go... those on the side of intelligent design demand reason go away, along with any evidence that doesn't fit their holy book.

It's frustrating, I know. It's tiresome; I've been there. But, behold, good people, there is hope, for yours truly came around some 13 years ago! I have lived in the cave of darkness and emerged into the light!

I used to be a newt, but I got better.


Posted by Andy at 07:43 PM