Screaming Into The Abyss

Darwin, Evolution, and Denial
By Ben Zvan
On February 13, 2009 at 11:00
Science

Yesterday, Gizmodo marked the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth with some posts showing gadget evolution.

 

Camera Evolution from Gizmodo

 

With a readership as large as theirs, there had to be at least one person who didn't believe in evolution, right? In fact, one of the first comments on the camera post went a little like this:

...the pictures don't fit. that's natural progression not evolution. you have to have a picuture of fish and a frog and then something in between them that was like a mix. but guess what? you can't! unless you Photoshop it.

Evolution is hogwash. It's for people that can't accept there are some things outside our control or understanding. It's the most absurd theory ever and there is still no conclusive proof for it yet it's been adopted as fact. It can be proved imperically through the scientific process that itself claims is so important. It's ridiculous.[sic]

And thus proceeded a chain of comments on a gadget website debating the existance of evolution and a side-discussion on the subject of religion (which I felt was off-topic.) This is a typical argument for a lack evidence of transitional species indicating that evolution makes no sence. The logical mind says "I'll just show you a transitional species then." So another commenter gives a link to an article from 2006 that exactly meets the requirements of something between a fish and a frog.

I believe people adopt it because the signs of it are displayed throught history and even today, not to mention multiple decades of scientific study.

Also on a side note to your first post, on the guy between fish and frogs, please visit this article and "enlighten" yourself.

"Yay!" I thought, "I don't have to do the work to find that particular example and this argument must surely be over." It seemed like a perfect example of someone bringing a knife to a slap-fight. But the illogical mind, the one that doesn't believe evolution because there is no evidence, nearly knocks me off my chair after hitting my head on my keyboard.

that was a general example. no need to get out of shape.

Oh. My. Flying. Spagetti. Monster.

This shows what science is up against. People don't believe something because there's no proof. People see proof. People ignore proof. Evolution isn't the only example either. Global climate change and vaccination safety are right up there too. When you ask someone point-blank "what could I show you to change your mind?" the response is often "nothing would change my mind." and if you ask a scientist the same question, there's always an answer. A whopping 47% of Americans believe that evolution is false, the highest percentage in the world. How can we convince people to believe in reality rather than ideology?

 

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