Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Creationists Handing Out Origin of Species at MIT
As you probably know, creationist moron Ray Comfort has created a new version of Darwin's Origin of Species with his own introduction, and his minions are now handing them out at college campuses in the US. Above is a picture taken 15 minutes ago at MIT, showing a creationist happily distributing this bizarre book.
While these morons are distributing Ray Comfort's sleaze, MIT researchers are getting ready for a symposium on the evolution of the eye on November 20.
Ironic, isn't it?
Posted by Jeffrey Shallit at 12:04 PM
Labels: creationism, Darwin, MIT, Ray Comfort
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They aren't handing them out here at BU. I was hoping to pick one up at Harvard but this early distribution doesn't work well since I don't have time to go over today.
What a coincidence, I just heard yesterday that creationists were handing out copies at my old school, the University of Manitoba. Very disappointing, but the science editor of the newspaper there is going to do an evolution issue in response.
Comfort should've saved his efforts and just handed out copies of Darwin's book with selected statements from Ernst Mayr. Didn't Mayr write: "Darwin failed to solve the problem indicated by the title of his work."?
Oh, dear, Frank, you seem very confused. Biology has progressed a lot since 1859.
You're misreading me.
Try reading my post again, this time emphasizing the word "selected".
Sorry, Frank, but if you've got a point to make, it escapes me. Perhaps taking a writing course might help?
Thanks for pointing this out. I just saw a video clip advertising this book. It is an interesting exercise to count the number of absurdities in the advertiser's speech.
I was trying to say that Comfort would quotemine. I merely provided an example.
Speaking about quotemining, I had to admit that the following quote from Comfort's introduction is not an idea we often hear in biology circles:
“As we know, there is a great divergence of opinion among
biologists … because the evidence is unsatisfactory and does
not permit any certain conclusion. It is therefore right and
proper to draw the attention of the non-scientific public to
the disagreements about evolution. But some recent remarks
of evolutionists show that they think this unreasonable.
This situation, where scientific men rally to the defense of
a doctrine they are unable to define scientifically, much less
demonstrate with scientific rigor, attempting to maintain its
credit with the public by the suppression of criticism and the
elimination of difficulties, is abnormal and unwise in
— Prof. W. R. Thompson, F.R.S.,
Introduction to Origin of Species (1956)
Yes - it's remarkable, isn't it, how many foolish things have been said about evolution, and how many people think that quotemining is the way to determine the truth of a theory?
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