Evolution: a Theory in Doubt

The Evolution-Creation debate has turned into somewhat of a frenzied obsession to a lot of people, so much that TV shows, blogs, radio talks, books and law suits have been entirely dedicated to the topic. Becoming another tortured soul engrossed in the evolution of the debate a few years back, I was aware at the onset that the debate isn’t about science at all.
What I wish to do in this post is to actually show a small amount of gratitude towards the creationist movement for being so adament in their doubts of evolution, because without their often duplicitousย  critique of the theory of evolution, I probably wouldn’t have doubted the theory that much, myself.

See, in other well-established theories, where the public’s resistance to them is minimal, there really isn’t a point to go around trying to poke holes in said theories for the passionate layman. Sure, afficionados of any field will probably delve deep into their subject of affection, but the truth is: the enormous resistance to the theory of evolution, both by pseudoscientists and zealots lacking any credentials, has caused a great spark of learning amongst skeptics.

When I first started learning about biology and evolution, probably my number one incentive for learning about certain aspects of biology were various creationist claims about the impossibility or improbability of evolution. I remember reading through the index for creationist claims on talkorigins simply because it was delightful to learn so many new things about biology and other scientific fields through the mirror of pseudoscientific attacks on them.

It’s also a good primer for learning more about good old-fashioned biology, and I remember that very quickly I found myself sticking my nose in biology textbooks, and that was years before I ever entered a college classroom.

So thank you, creationism: for lighting the fire of philosophy in all knowledge-thirsty naturalists. You certainly did that for me.

I only wish you didn’t try to shove it into public education.

I do admit, however, that putting a polemic pressure on the public understanding of evolution probably did a lot to teach more and more people about the theory. I’m sure that most people wouldn’t even know what evolution is if it wasn’t such a big deal to bible-thumping ignorants.

4 Comments »

  1. RS Said:

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  2. “Iโ€™m sure that most people wouldnโ€™t even know what evolution is if it wasnโ€™t such a big deal to bible-thumping ignorants.”

    True. But unfortunately, a lot of religous people have contributed to false ideas about evolution.

    For instance…a guy in my church small group said the other night, “I’m not a monkey, and I didn’t come from a monkey!”

    Me: “Um, that’s not really what evolution says…”

    Sigh.
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  3. freidenker85 Said:

    I’m sure the theory of gravity is pretty popular and a lot of non-physicists get it wrong, but it’s a big step forward that there’s even awareness to it!

    Of course, the rise in awareness to evolution is bound to be problematic because creationists do their best to inculcate falsehoods about evolution because they’re afraid evolution will turn their believers away. Then again, if such hysteria hadn’t existed, it’s likely that a lot of people wouldn’t even know what the fuss is all about because there wouldn’t be a fuss!

    I think that the creationist campaign against science might have done more to promote evolution than creationists would like to think. The yokels who get beaten over the head with a bible every time they try to think wouldn’t have anything to do with science anyway (and there’s nothing new with AiG-literate creationists) – but all the publicity their pathological dread of evolution and science gets is probably the reason I ran into the delicacies of biology in the first place!

  4. crazyasuka Said:

    the enormous resistance to the theory of evolution, both by pseudoscientists and zealots lacking any credentials, has caused a great spark of learning amongst skeptics.

    This is a really good point you’re making. It really is a motivator to me.


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