A creationist makes the dumbest criticism of evolution ever

Well cut off my legs and call me Shorty! (Is that ableist?)  A creationist comment came in on the video I posted showing lions drinking from a South African waterhole. I mentioned this in passing: “Look at the spots on the babies and young adults: the remnants of an ancestral pattern that disappears in adults.”

I guess that last comment got some reader going, as he/she/hir submitted the following comment:

“This beautiful video of lions drinking in the wild was posted at The Laughing Squid, which includes some background: Wildlife …”

I counter your argument concerning evolution.

https://bottomlesscoffee007.com/2018/07/10/evolution-is-a-false-escape/

If you go to the post at issue, you will read this mind-dump about the judgment of God and how evolution ruins religion because accepting it leads one to “abscond from judgement” and also provides no basis for morality. But then comes the dumbest criticism of evolution I’ve ever seen—in the last sentence—followed by a nonsensical poll. Here’s the entire post, and I’ve put the bits about evolution in bold:

Evolution is a False Escape

When it comes to creation versus evolution, the split is very simple. If you believe in creation then you realize that you will be judged. If you believe in evolution, then you attempt to abscond from judgement. Day in and day out, temptation and sin are all around us. I have sometimes wished that when it was my time to pass, that I would simply go into the ground. I am afraid of the sin that I have done and the sin that I will do. From lust and lying to greed and sloth, I have plenty to answer for once my judgement comes. If the theory of evolution is true, then why would we need to be good to one another? If evolution is true, then we are as low as the beasts of the earth.

We strive to be clean, we strive to be good, why? Because we know that in our hearts, we will eventually answer for what we have done. The idea of evolution provides a sense of escape from judgement. Evolution is just another feel good idea. If evolution were correct, then why are there still animals on earth?

I am countered! LOL!

Now I’m not sure what the author means by asking the last question, for evolution in no way predicts that all animals will disappear from the Earth. I think the author was trying to ask the old creationist chestnut, “If humans evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?”; but the person simply got it badly wrong.

On top of all that, there’s a poll at the end of the post:

I’m not sure what you’re supposed to agree or disagree with. Is it the entire post? Or is it the non sequitur last statement?  This is the outcome, for what it’s worth (I voted “no”, assuming we were asked to agree or disagree with this bizarre post).

The author appears to be religious from the blog content, and there are 20 comments on the “evolution is a false escape” post, most of them involving the author and a commenter. I can’t be arsed to go through that crazy site, but ten to one the author voted for Trump.

71 Comments

  1. Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Your whole life has been wasted, Professor. What ever shall you do?
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    ./s

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      +1

  2. Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Hah! I believe you’ve pharyngulated that poll as I just voted and it’s 16 agaunst and 14 for.

    • Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Man, now we’re leading 19 to 14. But I sincerely hope the entire population will stop growing before we reach 100 altogether…

      • Torbjörn Larsson
        Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:22 am | Permalink

        34 to 14. That blog has no friends…

    • Posted August 3, 2018 at 2:13 am | Permalink

      … but I’m not sure that saying the ph-word is proper.

      Perhaps we should say it’s a WEIT-wash!

      /@

  3. Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    From the linked blog:

    We strive to be clean, we strive to be good, why? Because we know that in our hearts, we will eventually answer for what we have done.

    The people I regard as most moral are those who do good without fear or favour, in the honest expectation of no reward, because it’s the right thing to do. Relegating morality to some divine reckoning looks like the opposite of morality to me. Do good for goodness sake, not for one’s own sake.

    • Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      Yes. Well put.

      • Joe Dickinson
        Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:35 am | Permalink

        I’ll third that.

        • Angel
          Posted August 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

          ++

  4. Colin
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    It’s a shining example of an individual who is stuck in the state of infancy/childhood that the Abrahamic religions produce, with their judgmental, punishing father figure in the sky.

    I would encourage all readers to listen to this audio interview with the brilliant John C. Wathey; it explains a lot (starts at 3:42):

  5. Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I’d love to be able to say something PC about freedom of expression or whatever, but I’ll just re-introduce Pops:

  6. Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I wonder how many people put “yes” in the poll because they thought “well I do agree or disagree”.

  7. freiner
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Looks like he was taking the “Why monkeys” argument to its inevitable, logical (!?!) conclusion. Have to hand it to a mind like that. With any luck, he spends too much time reasoning through issues like this to find time to vote.

  8. Mark Reaume
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Q: Agree or Disagree?
    A: Yes, No, Other

    If I answer Yes then I either Agree, Disagree or both Agree and Disagree. If I answer No then I neither Agree or Disagree. If I answer Other then…um, I guess I could be in a superposition of agreeing and disagreeing?

    • Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

      Or you need a paraconsistent logic?

      • Mark Reaume
        Posted August 2, 2018 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        I learn something new on this site every day.

    • W.Benson
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      The question gave me a serious case of the mind boggles, and I didn’t vote.

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    “I never joke about my work, 007.”

  10. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Somewhere in the comments the guy says – I am not an expert on evolution, but. That could be a fine place to end. Certainly if you do not believe in it, why be an expert – kind of like not believing in a g*d.

  11. busterggi
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    If humans are the pinnacle of beings how can there still be a god?

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      “The idea of evolution provides a sense of escape from judgement. Evolution is just another feel good idea. If evolution were correct, then why are there still animals on earth?”

      Or the reverse, if religion was correct and “gods” are the pinnacle of being, then why are there still humans?

      I have a hard time understand the human exceptionalism that cannot see moral behavior in other animals. (And then realize that it evolves.)

      • busterggi
        Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:46 am | Permalink

        I see plenty of moral behavior in animals, sometimes even cross species.

        I also see lots of immoral behavior in humans but then, we were supposedly created in god’s image and anyone who’s read any holy book knows all gods are dicks.

        • Mark Joseph
          Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

          “Actually, the answer’s quite simple.” Two red eyes floated in the mist.
          “Really? Tell me. Why does God allow evil?”
          The red eyes vanished, leaving only the lantern and the night. “Because power corrupts,” said Wyvern’s disembodied voice. “And absolute power corrupts absolutely.” James Morrow, Only Begotten Daughter

      • Pierluigi Ballabeni
        Posted August 3, 2018 at 3:30 am | Permalink

        Without humans gods could not play god.

  12. FloM
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    As Karl Valentin put it: people like him, we don’t even ignore

  13. Hempenstein
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Take heart – the term “willful ignorance” has entered the political arena in TX in this excellent campaign spot.

    • Hempenstein
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      (It even disses Pence dissing evolution!)

    • Posted August 2, 2018 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      Nice!

  14. etisdude
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    As an aside, I’ve followed your blog for years, read Faith vs Fact (twice!), and am currently reading Why Evolution is True. You lay out the evidence for evolution exceptionally well. Any layperson who continues to deny the reality of evolution after reading your book lives in a world where conversation has ended because science has been dismissed. Thank you for being a beacon of rationality.

  15. Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    His post seems like a cry for help. He’s contemplating future sins. If I was his neighbor, I’d lock my doors at night.

  16. Serendipitydawg
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    At least there was an “other” box, so voting ludicrous was available to those of us who find yes/no somewhat inadequate in this context.

    The author of this mess commented:

    Personal attacks are the first sign of a weak argument. Using big words with more than two syllables to exhibit your intelligence only shows your lack of knowledge.

    evidently in response to PCCe. Obviously has no sense of irony since “intelligence” and even “syllables” are big words with more than two phoneme sounds to express meaning… nah, I’ll stick with syllables.

    • Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      The word God has one syllable. He thinks there is no need for more.

      • Serendipitydawg
        Posted August 2, 2018 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

        Apparently… oh no, too many syllables. That undermines everything I say, yet again.

    • Posted August 3, 2018 at 2:19 am | Permalink

      😆

  17. Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Whether or not the writer of that idiotic article voted for Trump, Please do not think it works the other way — Trump voters are not necessarily creationists.

    I voted for Bernie and then Trump. I am an atheist and believe that evolution is as “true” as gravity. Didn’t like either Bernie or Trump. Voted that way to stop Hillary, whom I believed was a sociopathic warmonger and a long-time criminal, one of the most dangerous candidates in history.

    Would not want to see Pence in there, would you? Certified looney-tunes creationist. The Dems who are working to oust Trump should be careful what they wish for.

    • mikeyc
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      Hilary was a poor choice for the Dems and she is one of the few on earth who could have lost to Trump, but a “long-time criminal”? jeeesh. She’s awfully hard to like and a rotten politician*, but a criminal?

      Normally I’d ask someone making such a claim to back it up, but there isn’t much worse than Hillary-derangement.

      *I know, I know; it’s redundant.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      “whom I believed was a sociopathic warmonger and a long-time criminal, one of the most dangerous candidates in history.”

      Just, wow.

    • Sastra
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      A liberal atheist ought to be a good skeptic. You fell for a conspiracy hoax. You fell for a conservative conspiracy hoax.

      • darrelle
        Posted August 2, 2018 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

        Right on target.

    • busterggi
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:50 am | Permalink

      So you thought Hillary was worse than Donald?

      Um, um, um…

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      Did you entirely fail to do any due diligence into Donald Trump’s long history as a truthless, grifting reprobate? Did you fail to consider Trump’s utter unfitness — by experience, by intellect, by character, and (most crucially) by temperament — to be president of the United States?

      I’m no fan of Hillary’s, but any comparison isn’t even close.

    • Mark R.
      Posted August 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      “Lock her up!”

      And do you still think President Trump was a great idea? Someone who is a benign and stable leader compared to the Clinton sociopathic war monger?

      If you answer ‘yes’, then I fear you are an inept judge of character.

  18. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    The fact that baboons survive well due to mutual altruism, and the obvious ingrained sense of fairness and justice in dogs and other pets has always impressed me.
    (Plus there have been some awfully immoral people in history who existed before Darwin.)

    Belief in an indifferent universe could strengthen one’s sense of consequentialist ethics, even if it weakened one’s sense of other forms of teleological ethics.
    (Technically, consequentialism is one form of teleological ethics, but on the latter front I am thinking of Aquinas’ version of same.)

    • Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      I guess people would still be able to fly, if that Christian alchemist Newton hadn’t invented gravity.

      Those who think someone has to invent nasty behaviour have a truly interesting world view, and I’m not joking here. It’s as if they thought angels have evolved into animals.

      • Mark R.
        Posted August 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

        “It’s as if they thought angels have evolved into animals.”

        I love that! Going to steal it if you don’t mind.

    • Posted August 3, 2018 at 1:19 am | Permalink

      This mother Orca’s carrying her dead baby for nine days so far may not be morality, but it is perceived by humans as love. And, now the pod is helping her.

      https://people.com/pets/family-helps-mourning-orca-whale-carry-calf/

  19. George Pawlus
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    “Dumbest criticism of evolution ever” is a really high bar to meet. You have Ken Ham and the banana. And now you have Kent Hovind and broccoli.
    http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/08/02/creationist-kent-hovind-says-broccoli-is-proof-that-evolution-is-false/

    While certainly dumb, maybe not the dumbest ever.

  20. Serendipitydawg
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Silly me, I posted the comment:

    You mean like “syllables” ?

    Your entire premise says nothing, other than I believe X, therefore you are wrong.

    Let’s have some evidence.

    only to get that old favourite:

    Sure, where’s the evidence? Has anyone ever personally witnessed evolution or do people just repeat what they were told? Slander my faith all you want. But have you witnessed evolution first hand?

    I get a twofer: slandering faith and the old witness canard. Let’s see if the response questioning the poster’s viewing of the resurrection gets through.

    I must stop this, it is a waste of life and I have no afterlife to look forward to.

    At least I wasn’t tempted to browse the rest of the site.

  21. Roger
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    God appears to be some sort of “judgement” fanatic. Get a life, God.

    • ChrisS
      Posted August 3, 2018 at 12:48 am | Permalink

      Perhaps His devotees are frightened of being judged, and found wanting; they want us to be frightened, too.

      There’s probably no point in being a religious crank if you don’t make every effort to try and force other people to adopt your own weird beliefs. Scaring the impressionable makes them feel special or powerful, I’m sure.

      Even schizophrenics likely find it unbearable to be alone in their own private hell.

  22. Posted August 2, 2018 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    My guess is that s/he supposes that humans would be the final goal of evolution, were it true, and that humans aren’t animals.

  23. David Evans
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I chose “other” and wrote “not even wrong” in honour of the great Pauli. I wonder if anyone there will recognise it.

    • Posted August 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      Yes! “not even wrong” and “he’s a legend in his own mind” are two of my favorite put-downs.

      • Posted August 2, 2018 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

        My favourite Bob Newhart quote:

        “I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’.”

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted August 2, 2018 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

          Oh that is nice. I wonder how many country music lovers ‘got’ it? 😉

          cr

        • Posted August 2, 2018 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

          That’s a good one!

  24. chris moffatt
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    If evolution is true then why is there still religion? Checkmate atheists!

  25. eric
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I think ‘…why are there still animals’ counts as being in the ‘not even wrong’ box.

    As for absconding from justice, in my opinion Protestantism’s rejection of good acts as a component of salvation and acceptance of sola fides is pretty much the poster child for that.

  26. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    We are all just hosts for viruses. The reason why there are still prokaryote and eukaryote cells is because viruses are under selection to not kill their hosts. At least not right away.

    • Posted August 3, 2018 at 2:30 am | Permalink

      Genes build themselves into cells and cells into the gene hive called man in order to develop their potentialities, not man’s. The idea of man’s being able to develop was purely an anthropomorphic concept.
      — Brian Aldiss, “Gene Hive” (1958)

      /@

  27. wiseape108
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I think he makes a good point. Why haven’t we all been eaten by triffids?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Triffids_(film)

  28. Posted August 2, 2018 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    “If the theory of evolution is true, then why would we need to be good to one another?”
    When you live in a linear one dimensional world this is the kind of questions you ask.
    Dumb! indeed, is the answer.

  29. rjdownard
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    The views presented by that creationist are extremely common in the grassroots, and are the result of decades of doctrinal preaching (from Henry Morris in the 1970s down to Ken Ham and the still wackier Kent Hovind currently), that “evolution” is a nihilistic godless amoral package deal, dogs and cats living together.

    There are easily tens of millions of such people in the US today, and that number would reflect a big chunk of Donald Trump’s voter base, so make no mistake about the part such people play nationally in the real life of the Republic.

    Such people will not care a whit about the mutation rate of Alu retrotransposons in our genome, or the natural variation of pleurocells in the vertebrae of sauropod dinosaurs. Theirs is a Holy War “Kulturkampf” and no amount of science data will convince them otherwise.

    Bear that in mind.

  30. Posted August 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I like his unhinged writing style. I asked him, “If evolution is real, how are you still alive?”

  31. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 2, 2018 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    “Day in and day out, temptation and sin are all around us.”

    Really? I try, I really do, but I’m afraid laziness inhibits my more enthusiastic sinning.

    8-(

    cr

  32. Vaal
    Posted August 3, 2018 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    ” If evolution is true, then we are as low as the beasts of the earth.”

    ^^^ As a hyena, I find this quite insulting.

  33. Posted August 3, 2018 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    If evolution were correct, then why are there still animals on earth?

    At least he’s trying to extend his reasoning to other areas. More than can be said for those who just repeat “why are there still monkeys?”

  34. Zetopan
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Reading comments on the bottomlesscoffee007 website clearly shows that the author of that illogical mess is truly suffering from bottomless levels of willful ignorance. You cannot teach someone who is rabidly against education.


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