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September 17, 2013

What’s In a Name?

I note that the creationist/intelligent design crowd keep attacking Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, not just “evolutionary theory,” but Darwin’s theory. I am not sure they are bright enough to think of this strategy but I have my suspicions. By tagging evolutionary theory as being “Darwin’s” theory, they tag it with its nineteenth century creation date.

In fact, if Darwin were alive to day, he might have trouble recognizing his theory. He did not live to see the flowering of genetics or the discovery of DNA or the mapping of entire genomes, or radioactive dating techniques. Over a century of measurements have come about that test the theory of evolution and, lo and behold, the theory has held up pretty well. Minor adjustments have been made, but by and large, the theory of evolution has been tested (and tested, and tested, …) and passed all of the tests. In fact, the theory has been added to, it has been refined, it has been clarified, but overall, it has been verified.

Very few theories come with a name attached. We don’t talk about Maxwell’s theory of heat or Newton’s theory of light, or Becquerel’s theory of radioactivity, certainly not outside of history of science classes. We do refer to “Einstein’s Theory of Relativity,” but that theory is more recent and Einstein had kind of a rock star presence in the mind of the public, plus his theory was incomprehensible to most average citizens, giving it the mystique of genius.

So, by emphasizing the theory of evolution to be “Darwin’s” the deniers are trying to undermine the mountains of modern evidence that support that theory.

The deniers say we should “teach the controversy” by teaching both the theory of evolution and the theory of intelligent design and let the student’s decide. That would be interesting. After months of instruction on the theory of evolution, showing facts, tests, outcomes, a teacher would then say: “Or, it could have been magic. What do you think?” Do they think that this is a debate that can be voted on, like American Idol or The X Factor?

There is no “controversy.” For those who think there is, they haven’t studied the theory enough to know what it says and what it doesn’t say. Most people would recognize that asking that theory to explain the phases of the moon is stupid because that is outside the purview of the theory, but so is the Big Bang, how life began, and a whole host of other things thrown into discussions of “the controversy” by these people.

There is no controversy regarding the theory of evolution. And rhetorical devices won’t further our learning. If you think the theory of evolution is wrong at it’s core, you don’t understand it or don’t want it to be true.

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17 Comments »

  1. I got my first honest-to-god, proud-to-be-insane young earth creationist commenting on my blog this week… It’s so very exciting!!! 🙂

    Comment by john zande — September 17, 2013 @ 9:56 am | Reply

    • Okay, be careful, don’t yank on the line. You have to set the hook before you can reel him in. Let me know how much he weighs when you land him.

      Hey, consider the photo, you know the one with the guy and the huge fist at the dock. Mock one up with a fisherman, hugge pole, etc, but this guy hanging from the scale. Would make a good photo for a future post on your blog.

      No charge for the surface … I got so many ideas running around on my head.

      And, hey, I got 250 hits last weekend on my blog. Considering that my previous high was like 50, I had to check it out. I had a bunch of Saudis and other Middle Easterners checking out the blog. I can’t imagine those folks would have to go so far to find things to criticize Americans for; don’t they have first-hand evidence? Huh!

      Next, the NSA will be checking me out, wait, maybe that was the NSA?!

      Comment by stephenpruis — September 17, 2013 @ 11:00 am | Reply

      • He is a she… Looks a little like a linebacker.

        Traffic to which posts?

        Comment by john zande — September 17, 2013 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

        • Traffic to my site in toto. It kind of looks all over the place, no one post seemed to be a big magnet. Oops, I didn’t look close enough. It was The Corporate Takeover of the Media. Had 220 of the 247 views. Must be a lot of people following that theme.

          Comment by stephenpruis — September 17, 2013 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

          • Most of this stuff is baffling. I have 800+ followers… supposedly. It’s BS. These are spam follows, meaningless clicks in the hope you’ll follow back. None of these “followers” actually read an article or comment on it. Wish there were a way undue their follow so reality is actually reflected.

            Hey, i started getting some odd thing (an empty box) on my pages saying “viewers might see an ad here.” I can’t see any, but there is definitely a box. Have you seen any ads?

            Comment by john zande — September 17, 2013 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

            • I haven’t seen any, but I will watch closer now. I have heard of the phenomenon but didn’t pay much attention to it. It is a WordPress thing. Did you change status with them recently?

              Comment by stephenpruis — September 17, 2013 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

              • What does ‘change status’ mean? I accidentally logged out the other day and had a terrible time trying re-log back in so as to get reply notifications. Maybe i tripped something doing that.

                Comment by john zande — September 17, 2013 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

                • They have a number of levels of support, the most basic is the “free” but you can buy more.

                  Maybe you got hacked?

                  Comment by stephenpruis — September 18, 2013 @ 8:36 am | Reply

                  • Eeek. Digitally molested. I just have the basic free version, which i see they reserve the right to advertise around to make back the costs of the service. Sounds fair.

                    Any new traffic from your Islamic Revolutionary fans? 🙂

                    Comment by john zande — September 18, 2013 @ 9:48 am | Reply

                    • Everything back to normal. Must have been a weekend Jihad.

                      The sources of a lot of the hits were Reddits which I could not identify. I don’t even know what a reddit is! ;o)

                      Comment by stephenpruis — September 18, 2013 @ 9:54 am

                    • Someone tried to explain it to me once but to little effect. Jihad-Jim must have posted your work there and that drew the Allah-Akbah (Poobah) traffic. Good, Jihad-Jim aside, your words need to get out there. Yours and Larry’s…. two of the soundest voices coming out of the US i’ve ever heard.

                      Comment by john zande — September 18, 2013 @ 10:11 am

                    • Thanks for the kind words!

                      By the way, I got one of those “an ad may be seen here” thingamabobs. I recall reading about it in WordPress’s literature, maybe they just got around to implementing it … or my weekend Jihad put me over a trigger that says my blog is getting enough traffic to warrent ads! You, too! Gosh! Meh.

                      Comment by stephenpruis — September 18, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

                    • I’ll let you know if i see any. Just checked your Aug Bill Gates post and nothing there.

                      Comment by john zande — September 18, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

              • I’m sure you have those spam followers too. These are the people who show up as your followers in Stats screen, but you never see them in likes or comments.

                Comment by List of X — September 19, 2013 @ 12:36 am | Reply

                • I tend to check out followers and comments very carefully and I often trash comments, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to trash followers.

                  Comment by stephenpruis — September 19, 2013 @ 10:18 am | Reply

  2. Electricity is also “just a theory”, but that doesn’t stop creationists using their laptops, PC’s, and smartphones from using the internet.

    Comment by List of X — September 19, 2013 @ 12:35 am | Reply

    • One of the things that concerns me that I learned a long time ago, is that a small number of people can consume a great deal of time on the part of the rest of us. Unfortunately we can’t just ignore the idiots and wait for them to die off (they never seem to) because they just grow like mold in the dark.

      The same strategy is currently inuse in the creation of crisis fatigue. People claim there is a crisis as a form of “hey, look at me” and we feel that there are so many that we can’t do anything about any of them. There is no crisis rating service that will tell us what is bullshit and what is real. Maybe there is a market niche there for someone.

      Comment by stephenpruis — September 19, 2013 @ 10:22 am | Reply


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