I have to visit Loudon, Virginia someday. It’s where Corsair the Rational Pirate lives, and I think the streets must be humming with dancing clowns and village idiots twirling and a marching kazoo band. I’ve seen stupid creationist arguments before, but these, that were actually published in his local paper, take the cake.
John Miller has an amazing argument from probability and relativity and the fact that the laws of physics don’t evolve that has to be seen to be believed. Here’s just his conclusion.
You cannot have randomness. If you do, you can never science (know) a subject because there is no pattern and no law governing that phenomenon since it is random. If these people would stand back and consider all of the elements, the plants, the animals, think about these items at the atomic level and then ask, “how in the world did this all work out?” with a mind towards probability, they will soon realize, as the gays should, that evolution is a big lie.
I kind of like how “the gays” suddenly popped up in his last sentence. There isn’t anything about homosexuality anywhere else, but apparently, evolution is actually a big gay theory, and we’re all supposed to just know that.
Nat Kidder has a novel claim: the argument from Coca Cola.
Cola’s status as the most popular soda flavoring could not have been driven by natural selection, since soda water was invented only three centuries ago. Three centuries is simply too short a period for either the kola tree or humans to adapt to such a development. Thus the kola tree (or man, for that matter) could well have been the product of intelligent design.
Chocolate for candy and vanilla for ice cream are also simple flavorings whose popularity stand the test of time. And they too were applied to foodstuffs too recently for evolution to propel their tastiness.
Does this disprove Darwin? Hardly, but it does call into question the notion that all life is the result of “survival of the fittest”.
Hmmm. So if evolution were true, we’d just select any random plant, such as the Bitter Sneezeweed, brew up some extract and sell it, and after some long period of evolution, we’d all adapt to enjoy the vomiting and diarrhea? Mr Kidder should realize that there are a lot of plants out there, they all produce varieties of compounds for their own purposes, and what people did was pick the ones that produced useful/tasty/interesting sensations (like coffee and colas and chocolate) when consumed and spread those around, while ignoring or avoiding the nasty ones, like Bitter Sneezeweed. That chemistry has unpredictable effects on different organisms isn’t an argument against evolution.
Mr Corsair has some interesting neighbors. I sincerely hope that Loudon is an anomaly in Virginia…or is it the place where the state ships all of its kooks?