"Darwin was the first to use data from nature to convince people that evolution is true, and his idea of natural selection was truly novel. It testifies to his genius that the concept of natural theology, accepted by most educated Westerners before 1859, was vanquished within only a few years by a single five-hundred-page book. On the Origin of Species turned the mysteries of life's diversity from mythology into genuine science." -- Jerry Coyne
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I wrote a comment about the religious implications of evolution at a Oklahoma news website.
"Intelligent design is a form of magical thinking."
All religious beliefs, including intelligent design creationism and the god fairy itself, are beliefs in magic. There's no magic in the universe therefore all religious ideas are childish nonsense.
Evolution is a natural process that demonstrates every god ever invented was never necessary. If magic isn't required to explain the origin of species then it's ridiculous to invoke magic for anything else.
Moogle of Tulsa pretends natural processes are magical. This kind of breathtaking stupidity has disgraced our country long enough. It's about time to ridicule the science deniers until they learn how to shut up.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. -- Charles Darwin
If the history of science teaches us anything, it is that what conquers our ignorance is research, not giving up and attributing our ignorance to the miraculous work of a creator. -- Jerry Coyne
Science is a philosophy of discovery, intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance. -- Neil deGrasse Tyson