Archive for category Science
Fun fact: this blog isn’t only about Game Development! Who knew?
A common response to creationists and creationism which I’ve seen during my debates (don’t worry, I’m not going to start ragging on religion: just the anti-evolution sentiment rampant in some minority groups), is to reference the “mountains of evidence” for evolution. Now, technically, this is a respectable response: 150 years worth of supporting data certainly qualifies as ‘mountains’ in my opinion. But the problem is that it’s not particularly persuasive: whether or not the evidential alps exist doesn’t matter one iota if nobody’s going to be inspired to go climbing them
So that’s why specifics are called for. Observations explained elegantly by the standard model, predictions based on it that turned out to be true, contradictions that cannot be reconciled by any other extant hypothesis or theory. They’re not rare, but they can be hard to extract from the mass of technical vocabulary written by scientists who don’t rate yet another piece of evidence for evolution very highly. The scientists already know about the ridiculously huge mountain of data they are simply adding to. Proving an already-proved theory doesn’t really excite them.
But with so much misinformation, quote-mining, selective-reporting, false-claims, hoaxes, wilful ignorance and, when all else fails, blatant lying out there, on the internet and in real life, such observations do excite me. Mostly because I’m kinda egotistical and I like being right.
So I’ll pick and choose some of the more interesting items here and there to discuss, to add a bit of variety to this blog and maybe to stir up a bit of trouble.
What does he mean “kinda”?