Sunday, 14 August 2011

Alastair Noble's own conspiracy theory

"Without doubt one of the most pervasive ideas of modern thought is the theory if evolution and its application to the origin of life.  It is now not only taught at every level of our public education system as an indisputable scientific fact, but it is regularly invoked as the basis for sociological and political trends which lie far beyond the field of natural science.  Evolution is regarded by some as the most fundamental principle of the universe.  To challenge it, or even to consider an alternative view of origins, is to incur the immediate scorn of the educational and, sadly, of parts of the religious establishment."

From "Whatever happened to Darwin?"

Let's unpack that a piece at a time;

"the theory if evolution and its application to the origin of life"  The theory of evolution is not a theory of the origin of life.  They are different things.

"taught at every level of our public education system"  No it isn't - the current curriculum review might introduce it into primary schools.

"as indisputable scientific fact"  The fact of evolution having occurred was first put forward and accepted by people of religious faith in light of the evidence.

"it is regularly invoked as the basis for sociological and political trends which lie far beyond the field of natural science"  Now this seems to be entirely made up.  Not much more to add.

"Evolution is regarded by some as the most fundamental principle of the universe."  Is it?  Who is that then?  In any event so what?

"To challenge it, or even to consider an alternative view of origins, is to incur the immediate scorn of the educational and, sadly, of parts of the religious establishment."  Well making such arguments as we see here, free of any hint of evidence or logic, is probably the reason for the scorn.  Of course the persecution complex is all part of the conspiracy theory way of thinking and is often used as a recruitment technique by creationists - perhaps in a C of E church near you.

Alastair Noble is the Director of the Centre for Intelligent Design in Glasgow.  Much more on the C4ID and their silly arguments dressed up as science here.













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