Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Evolution vs. Creationism, Truths And Lies

I find it horrifically sad that in this day and age people are still being allowed to corrupt the educational system and brainwash children into believing in creationism.

Creationism is the belief that a supernatural being created Earth, there are numerous subgroups of creationism with further beliefs. I will be referring to the creationism that is being taught in the place of science that opposes the Darwinian theory of evolution.

In the words of Tim Minchin, ‘Faith is the denial of observation, so that belief can be preserved.’ The whole concept of creationism is the denial of truth when evidence is staring them in the face and somehow they still find it a truthful concept to believe in without a shadow of doubt. Just like water flowing from a tap, evidence for evolution is abundant. I am no expert on Darwin’s theory of evolution yet I could easily reel off lists of what presents evidence supporting it: Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, fossil comparisons, DNA genetic sequences, pseudogene, peppered moth evolution, the list goes on…

We know that the Earth is older than 10,000, the rough age ‘Young Earth Creationists’ claim is the correct age of the planet. There are dozens of radiometric dating methods all with a wealth of evidence for the age of the earth: carbon-14, uranium-lead, potassium-argon, rubidium-strontium, samarium-neodymium, the list goes on…again. Creationists claim that all these methods are wrong, yes all wrong! They argue that the decay rate has changed throughout history and if this was the case then that would mean all the half-lives had changed in sync with each other.

What can we do about it? The more influence science has in these areas where creationism is being taught in place of evolution the better, but people are deliberately excluding science out of teaching so that they can preserve their preposterous beliefs and pass it down onto the next generation.  Some oppose the scientific view and use the argument that the evidence and recording of it is inaccurate. But some even for as far as to say that it is all a conspiracy of silence and the world’s scientists are misleading the whole world (except the clever creationists who have uncovered this secret, of course!)

If they want to be taken seriously by science they need to present evidence supporting their claims and not just highlight flaws in our current scientific theories which are based on systematic research.
“Science adjusts its views based on what's observed. Faith is the denial of observation, so that belief can be preserved.” Tim Minchin

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