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August 12, 2006

He's Never Heard of the Cylons?

Throughout my travels, travails, and trials in the blogosphere, when it comes to the so-called Culture War, I've run across more than one unapologetically stupid creationist.

However, I think "tom," commenting over at Right Wing Nut House, has surpassed anything I've seen to date. To wit:

Of course evolution just works on living things, not on inorganic matter, for some reason….computers didn’t evolve, neither did steel. Evolution sure is picky!!
...and...
thanks for illustrating my point….and why wouldn’t evolution work on non-living things? Does gravity work on living and non-living things?
I suppose I could point to the evolution of the Cylons on Battlestar Galactica, but that would be (a) just too dorky and (b) fiction. However, I'm willing to bet that "tom" gets his anti-evolution sentiments from another work of imagination, the Bible, so maybe he would find it convincing.

After all, he certainly isn't buying what's in those textbooks and peer-reviewed papers. I mean, really, what would someone who studies evolution know about evolution?

Coincidentally, the post in question was about the failure of our schools to teach sound science to students, resulting in a large percentage of Americans not accepting evolution (we scored just ahead of Turkey). Rick Moran, of RWNH, blames the Democrats and the public education system. PZ Myers wags his finger (using the study's conclusions) at religious belief and the Republican party. I think there's plenty of blame to go around, but I'm not inclined to jump into that debate just now.

Rather, let's focus on something on which we can all agree: that "tom" sure is dumb.

Posted by Andy at 08:51 PM





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