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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