If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair

Imagine a preacher who has spent his entire career telling his customers "Evolution would kill god but not to worry, evolution couldn't possibly be true because creatures are very complex. Therefore they were magically created by Jeebus." Christian preachers might not use those exact words but that's what they preach.

It's impossible to convince the average Christian moron he or she shares an ancestor with chimps, and it's more than impossible to convince preachers evolution is true because then they would have to get real jobs.

But this would be an interesting experiment: What if a science-denying preacher could be locked up for 8 hours in a room with one or two excellent biology professors, for example a PZ Myers and a Ken Miller? What if the cowardly idiot was forced to understand what he has been terrified of his entire life?

After 8 hours of listening to experts patiently explain some of the massive and extremely powerful evidence for our evolutionary relationship with the other modern ape species, would this preacher be convinced?

Probably not. Stupid can't be fixed.

1 comment:

  1. Let me summarize what they say not too long ago:
    - the Earth is flat
    - it's in the center of the Universe
    - resting on three huge elephants, standing om a gigant turtle

    ...and they tortured and burned people for contradicting their believes.

    'nuff said.