Why you should stop believing in evolution

Excellent! A clear explanation of evolution that should settle the argument for all thinking creatures. Keith Blanchard tells us in The Week why we should stop believing in evolution. Read the entire article but here are some clips:

T-RexHumanity, after all, is but one ugly branch on the big tree of life. Go back far enough, and you’ll find an ancestor common to you and to every creature on Earth. You are related to your cat — which may help explain why you get that stare all the time. You are related to a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and to the mosquito you just murdered, and to your houseplants. At any given meal, you may eat all or part of a dozen extremely distant relatives.

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The earth revolves around the sun?

From the Daily Kos (no, it’s not The Onion):

Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but
lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that
the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.

The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States
and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.

Nine questions about physical and biological science were on
the quiz, and the average score -- 6.5 correct -- was barely
a passing grade.

Just 74 percent of respondents knew that the Earth revolved
around the Sun, according to the results released at the
American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting
in Chicago.

Fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings evolved
from earlier species of animals.

Note that this does not mean that these people think the Sun rotates around the earth but now that I think about it, if Darwin is evil, what do they think of Copernicus?

The Eye

Famously, Charles Darwin wrote in The Origin of the Species:

To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.

Many proponents of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in the Sky have used this pronouncement to suggest that even Darwin was not fully committed to the preposterous idea of evolution, but if the creationists had read a little further, Darwin continues:

Yet reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a perfect and complex eye to one very imperfect and simple, each grade being useful to its possessor, can be shown to exist; if further, the eye does vary ever so slightly, and the variations be inherited, which is certainly the case; and if any variation or modification in the organ be ever useful to an animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, can hardly be considered real. How a nerve comes to be sensitive to light, hardly concerns us more than how life itself first originated; but I may remark that several facts make me suspect that any sensitive nerve may be rendered sensitive to light, and likewise to those coarser vibrations of the air which produce sound.

It strikes me that the operative word here is “reason.” In the non-debate between science and religion, science relies on reason and intelligence whereas religion doesn’t.