Trunthepaige did a blog here about evolution with the above title which was brought to my attention by godlessliberal. I had to log out to see it because she blocked me for winning an argument awhile back, then lied to the christian person I was talking to in her comment section and said she’d blocked me because I called her a cunt, which she later admitted was a lie… after calling someone else one.
But I digress…
The blog is as follows:
“We are told that public resistance to the many theories of evolution is holding back the USA in science. Many point to the fact that 60% of Americans say they do not believe that evolution explains the existence of man as proof that Americans are scientifically illiterate.”
I don’t think you need a lack of acceptance of evolution to establish that americans are scientifically illiterate, a gallup poll to establish americans’ general level of scientific understanding showed that 18% of americans think the sun revolves around the earth.
“They say this despite the fact that the USA dominates the world in new scientific technologies.”
The fact that we’re the wealthiest country and have 300 million people, and that scientists overwhelmingly accept evolution helps.
The thing is we’re graduating fewer and fewer Ph.D-level scientists each year and if the militant, well-supported attempt to use evolution to drive a wedge between science and christianity for the explicit purpose of replacing one with the other (that is a document leaked from the organization leading the intelligent design movement – note that it says nothing about evolution being incorrect or faulty science) is taking it’s toll. Yes we’ve been a leader, we’re not going to be for much longer if evangelists persist in their strategy of trying to make make science a bad word.
“Speaking of evolution and not basic genetics or selective breeding. Selective breeding was commonly being used long before the word evolution even existed. Name a few scientific breakthroughs that required knowing anything about evolution (not genetics)? If Charles Darwin had never existed, what scientific breakthroughs outside of the field of evolution could not have happened?”
Setting aside the absurdity of asking for breakthroughs that came as a result of a genetic principle but that have nothing to do with genetics (kind of like asking what use is e=mc^2 and adding “and no math or physics or your response doesn’t count”. It’s arbitrary and foolish… but evolution happens to be so badass that the challenge can still easily be met since breakthroughs in evolution have also been responsible for evolutionary algorithms in computer programming, super-computers which simulate evolution in inorganic things and can thus “design” stronger bridge designs and more stable aircraft wings by descent with modification and natural selection. What else… Oh, a lot of economic theory is based on natural selection since capitalism is itself a sort of natural selection – bad genes are removed from the gene pool because they fail, bad companies are removed from the system because they fail. Even companies being “too big to fail” is analogous to species like bees being too important to go extinct. Breakthroughs in economics can be applied to evolutionary science and visa versa, in the end of the movie “a beautiful mind” they list the areas of math revolutionized by the main character’s new economic principle, one of which was… you guessed it – evolutionary biology.
And if we drop your “you’re not allowed to talk about anything with DNA in it” arbitrary qualification, evolution science is vital for making pesticides bugs can’t evolve immunities to (by making poisons that kill them gradually over many generations) and treating viruses, bacterial infections and cancer tumors all of which rapidly evolve (cancer cells rapidly adapt to both radiation and chemotherapy and bacteria adapt to antibiotics). Evolutionary science is also a vital part of producing vaccines which have to not just be what the virus is now, but what it will have evolved into by the time the vaccine is distributed and administered. This is just off the top of my head and without even thinking too hard about it. And that’s in addition to revealing tons of stuff about how nature works to us. Evolution saves lives, what have you done for humanity lately?