Friday, 22 August 2008

Creationism or Fiction #2

Here are the answers to our first "Creationism or Fiction";

A)  Bananas and peanut butter prove both the existence of God and the impossibility of evolution.

This is CREATIONISM;

Ray Comfort refers to the banana as the "atheists nightmare", here let him tell you himself;



Here is a little light debunking;

The banana as we know it today was selectively bred or artificially selected by humans.  In its original natural form it was much smaller and much less nutritious.  If anything the modern banana is a testament to the power of selection.



A common creationist tactic is talking about the origin of life as if this was part of evolutionary theory.  It is in fact a separate field of research called abiogenesis.  The condition in which life started, according to the evidence in so far, was nothing like the inside of a jar of peanut butter.

B)  A professor in a science discipline in a University in the UK thinks that every single fish fossil we have was created in Noah’s flood.  This is simply because dead fish float so they usually rot or get eaten. However the catastrophic nature of Noah’s flood made it the only catastrophe catastrophic enough to actually fossilise them.

This is CREATIONISM;

This is what Professor Andy Mcintosh of Truth in Science told me just after he gave a talk at the University of York Christian Union which I went to. More details here.

C)  The evolution of the mind-bogglingly complex Babel fish is “irreducibly complex” meaning that if you chop any part of it off, the fish immediately dies.  This proves that it could not possibly have evolved bit by bit thereby proving Darwin wrong.

This is FICTION;

The Babel fish was "invented" by Douglas Adams, here is the full quote;
The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-ike, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy absorbing unconscious frequencies and excreting a matrix of conscious frequencies to the speech centres of the brain. the practical upshot of which is that if you stick one in your ear, you instantly understand anything said to you in any language.

Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God. The argument goes something like this:

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that You do exist, and so therefore, by Your own arguments, You don't. Q.E.D."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

Irreducible Complexity is a Creationist argument.  In fact it is a new name for Paley's old watchmaker argument which is so old Darwin himself debunked it.



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Creationism or Fiction # 2

OK here we go again.  Your job is to spot which of the following claims is not CREATIONISM but has just been made up, er . . .

You know what I mean.

A) The human elbow joint is irreducibly complex and proves that evolution is impossible.

B) All cultures have a flood myth - does that not shout Noah or what?

C) Man and dinosaurs lived together - it says so in the bible. In fact dinosaurs helped to build the pyramids.

Answers on a postcard or in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. I'm embarrassed to say that I've never pondered the banana with as much awe as Kirk Cameron. How are we atheists ever going to top such convincing evidence? Oh, but wait. God made the banana for monkeys, but then we evolved from them.

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