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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The intellectual dishonesty of creationists

One of the most basic facts of science is the development of whales from land animals. This is just one of thousands of scientific facts the evolution deniers must deny to defend their dead Jeebus who was a creationist.

Here is a fossil of a whale ancestor with useless rear limbs. What are those tiny limbs doing there? They are the last remnants of legs they no longer need, legs that belonged to the ancient land animals they evolved from.

Do you have an alternative explanation, creationists? Perhaps the magic jeebus man magically created those tiny worthless legs to test your faith. Perhaps you can invent an even more ridiculous idea to defend your childish insane belief in magical creation.

Of course you don't have to be dishonest about evidence even a child could understand. You creationists could instead grow up and stop living in the Dark Ages.

Take a very close look at those tiny rear limbs on this massive creature. Then try to tell me this is not powerful evidence for evolution you can see with your own eyes.
Look at how the forelimbs have become paddles, the tail has become long and flexible, and, especially, how the rear limbs have almost disappeared (they’re the tiny bones flanking the mid-section of the tail). But they’re still recognizable: rock-hard evidence that whales evolved from land animals—something amply confirmed by DNA sequencing.

A terrific popular article on the evolution of whales

Creationists often deny that these vestigial limbs are evidence for evolution, noting that they could function in copulation. But that’s ridiculous, for we not only see their gradual shrinkage over time, but—more important—why would the Creator make a “copulation guide” that had every bone homologous to those of the fully-functioning hind limbs of their ancestors, and of modern tetrapods? To deny that this is evidence for evolution shows the intellectual dishonesty of creationists.

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