Jebus. Sometimes I forget how freakin’ obnoxious creationists can be. Below is a video made by Megan Fox, about her visit to Chicago’s Field Museum. Who is Megan Fox, you ask? Not that Megan Fox, this one:
Megan Fox is a homeschooling, Tea Partying, conservative mother of two (with another on the way!) out and about in the suburbs who is also a popular columnist for PJ Media.
You can already guess what she’s going to think of the Field Museum, one of the best museums in the country, and its “Evolving Earth” exhibit. But what you won’t know yet is how goddamn smug, arrogant, and ignorant she can be. Watch the video and learn.
First, a warning, though. Whoever is recording this is incompetent: the camera just rolls around, constantly sweeping over the actual exhibits, and you might experience a little motion sickness. Then it occasionally stops and focuses on Fox, who then rants about how stupid the scientists are, and you might feel a different kind of nausea. It’s not fun.
I watched the whole thing, appalled. Here’s a summary of just the first few minutes — if you get sickened by this, you don’t need to watch the rest, it’s all the same.
She’s reading an explanatory panel at the start of the exhibit. It says,
At first, all eukaryotes were single-celled, and many still are today.
This baffles her. She hasn’t heard of this word, “eukaryote”, before — the camera man tells her how to pronounce it — and she’s already stumped.
This makes no sense. No sense.
What makes no sense? Two billion years ago, all eukaryotes were single-celled. There weren’t any multicellular organisms yet. Frogs, people, salmon, and fruit flies all evolved much, much later. But yeast, paramecia, and algae, all single-celled eukaryotes, still exist today.
Clearly, it makes no sense to Megan Fox. But her stupidity and incomprehension of simple logic is not an indictment of the scientists at the Field Museum. When a simple fact about the world confuses her, I think I know where the problem lies.
She keeps on reading. Her confusion and anger grows.
But every organism, living and extinct, that is not single celled — including you — is made up of eukaryotic cells.
Yes, that’s true. Prokaryotic cells make colonies or aggregates, but they’re not truly multicellular. All multicellular organisms, animals, plants, fungi, etc., are all eukaryotic. Again, this is an empirical fact about the world. Megan Fox doesn’t understand it and doesn’t like it.
Well doesn’t that suggest that every thing was made up of eukaryotic cells in the beginning, that they weren’t something else that became eukaryotic cells, that they were always and have been eukaryotic cells?
No, it doesn’t imply that at all. Eukaryotes are a subset of life on earth; there are also prokaryotes and archaea. The earliest cells were not eukaryotes. The current explanation for the origin of eukaryotes is endosymbiosis: they represent a merger of two or more organisms to create a more complex form with organelles, like mitochondria and chloroplasts. This is an explanation that is also strongly backed by good old empirical evidence, such as by the retention of prokaryote-like circular DNA in those organelles.
None of this is hard to understand. Fox is clearly lacking some basic biological information, like that the majority of organisms on this planet are not eukaryotes, but she should have learned that in high school, and she could have asked a docent to explain what she doesn’t understand.
But no, Megan Fox knows everything. It’s the scientists who don’t make any sense.
None of this makes any sense. It doesn’t make sense to a 5th grader, it doesn’t make sense to a 3rd grader, it doesn’t make sense to a 30 year old. None of this makes any sense.
This is not good thinking. This is muddled thinking. This is thinking from like Darwin’s thinking from a hundred years ago, and we should know better by now. Darwin once said that if the single cell is more complex than I think it is, then all of my theories…I’m going to have to start all over again.
Wow. First, Megan Fox, your ignorance says nothing about the quality of the work.
Second, you can’t even quote mine? You make up Darwin quotes? Here’s what Darwin actually said; this is the closest approximation to those mangled words I could come up with.
If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find out no such case.
I think she muddled that up with the common creationist claim that Darwin thought cells were undifferentiated blobs of amorphous protoplasm, which is completely false. Darwin published papers describing subcellular organelles, for dog’s sake.
Then she stomps through the rest of the exhibits, angrily denouncing them and complaining that the scientists don’t really know. A panel gives dates for the evolution of land plants;
HOW DO THEY KNOW?. A panel says they evolved from the green algae.
THEY DON’T KNOW THAT. HOW DID THEY KNOW WHAT COLOR THEY WERE? It goes on and on.
Sounds dumb. How do you know this? It’s just a fairy tale. It’s all a guess. No one knows. It’s all an opinion. Did they have a video camera then? Show me the video. There are no transitional forms. They made it all up.
You know, if she were actually curious, if she were at the museum to learn something, she might have tried asking questions. We actually have evidence for everything stated there. We can tell you how we know, because that’s what science is all about, documenting the path we take to knowledge.
This is a beautiful example of someone who is aggressively, militantly ignorant. Next time someone tells you that atheists or evolutionists are arrogant, show them this video of a creationist stumbling through a treasure trove of knowledge, denouncing it all at every step.
I really feel sorry for her poor homeschooled kids. Their teacher is a fool.