Evolution is a fact, and the sooner people get used to the idea, the better off they’ll be. This was a quote by Sir Julian Huxley in the seventies and has been parroted by hundreds of academics and thousands of wannabe parrots for fifty years or more. But a recent article in the Guardian gave me pause for thought because, while I do not subscribe to the Theory of Evolution, many people do, amongst them some very clever people.
What astonishes me about these very clever people is this: they ignore scientific laws in favour of their pet religion.
That’s right, religion.
Nothing else can explain their blind lashing out at everyone and anyone who dares contradict their pet beliefs, for that is what they are.
Stephen j Gould criticises their methods, they tear into him as the Catholic Church would an apostate priest. The only thing missing is the stake. Jerry Fodor thinks there may be errors in Darwin’s theories and he is excoriated. No-one is safe from their peer-reviewed wrath.
The major stumbling block to their religion, the fact of evolution, however, is science.
That’s right; science.
Entropy, for a start.
Evolution flies in the face of the Laws of Thermodynamics and claims something that has never been observed: chaos ascending to order. Now I know we have not been around studying this phenomenon for as long as they claim evolution took to achieve what it supposedly has achieved, but still, all we’ve ever observed has been order to increasing chaos and decay.
The fossil record is a joke of the sort that would have jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts tearing their hair out at the paucity of pieces, and yet it’s claimed as fact? A molar here, a thighbone there, and voila! a new species! Another link in our chain of common descent.
So the same people who accuse Christians of employing a God of the gaps, are in fact following their own god of the gaps, and calling them unconformities. Very scientific, that.
What it is, is a religion with all the concomitant actions and reactions when criticised.
Which is why two hundred and forty odd thousand peer-reviewed publications mean nothing, except that a lot of people believe what a lot of other people believe.