Thursday, November 24, 2011

Richard Dawkins: a great reason to join the Question Evolution! campaign

Richard Dawkins certainly seems somewhat certain:
Evolution is a fact…evolution is a fact…all except the woefully uninformed are forced to accept the fact of evolution…Evolution is a fact. Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact…It is the plain truth…It didn't have to be true, but it is…Evolution is a fact…Evolution is a fact…some theories are beyond sensible doubt, and we call them facts…Evolution is an inescapable fact…the fact of evolution...[1]

It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that).[2]

But what, pray tell, is the point:
...that we are cousins of chimpanzees, somewhat more distant cousins of monkeys, more distant cousins still of aardvarks and manatees, yet more distant cousins of bananas and turnips.
But what if you doubt, no we are not even up to "deny" at this point but merely "doubt," that we are related to bananas and turnips?

Richard Dawkins then likens you to Holocaust deniers and he has concocted two terms of derision namely, "historydeniers" and "40percenters":

More than 40 per cent of Americans deny that humans evolved from other animals [and bananas and turnips]…I shall be using the name "historydeniers" for those people who deny evolution…I shall from time to time refer to the history-deniers as the "40percenters".
And behold, another great reason for joining he Question Evolution! Campaign at rears its ugly head.

[1] Richard Dawkins, "Creationists, Now They're Coming For Your Children," Times Online, August 24, 2009

[2] Richard Dawkins, Late City Final Edition, 4-9-89

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Dawkins will not be smiling for long -
    every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord....


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