I found another example of stupid from South Dakota State University. Bernie seems to have an issue with a professor, but that’s not what bothers me. What bothers me is his silly Creationist catch phrases and other nonsense. I just couldn’t get to sleep before responding, so I left this comment…
I’m curious about this “Darwinian evolution” line. Granted, it’s better than the usual Creationist term of simply “Darwinism”, but still it belies an ignorance, real or feigned, of science and evolution. Evolution is a much further advanced theory today than when Darwin first published, so it’s nothing short of ridiculous to use his name to enhance or supplant “evolution”.
One clear reason why someone would use “Darwinism” would be to invoke the reflexive hate response many have when hearing “Marxism”. Along that same line, one might also try to imply that it’s some dogmatic belief rather than being a scientific theory which has not only withstood challenges but has been and continues to be fruitful in making predictions. Following further along that line, what else comes to mind when you speak of blindly following the teachings of a single man? Why religion of course!
And then we have it – “he is commendably open about his atheist faith”. Bingo. Indeed, that’s where Bernie is going with this, implying that atheism and evolution are some new age religion hybrid in an attempt to disparage both (which is quite amusing to think the religious would try to disparage something by implying it’s more like religion). Science, like atheism for most, are not faith based pursuits. Each require evidence to warrant hypotheses and claims, and when either are unsupportable, they’re dropped.
Furthermore, when something is unknown, the intellectually honest thing to say is “I don’t know”. It’s simply foolish to instead invent something as preposterous as a supernatural explanation and it’s even worse to defend that invention by attacking more plausible explanations with “I can’t understand how…” To think you’d challenge science with an example of the fallacy of personal incredulity by C.S. Lewis is nothing short of astounding.