• Hard Questions For Evolution (or not)

    More inspiration from the creationists.  What would I do without them (besides have free time, lower blood pressure, and a more positive view of humanity in general)?

    These questions come from the Science and Skepticism blog.  In it, there is a crazy creationist quote that lists some question that are… well… you’ll see.

    Students, give this test to your teachers. When they fail it, ask them why they are teaching this nonsense!

    Teachers, give this test to your students if you really want them to know the truth about evolution!

    1. Which evolved first, male or female?
    2. How many millions of years elapsed between the first male and first female?
    3. List at least 9 of the false assumptions made with radioactive dating methods.  {ed. Note  Part One and Part Two}
    4. Why hasn’t any extinct creature re-evolved after millions of years?
    5. Which came first:
    …the eye,
    …the eyelid,
    …the eyebrow,
    …the eye sockets,
    …the eye muscles,
    …the eye lashes,
    …the tear ducts,
    …the brain’s interpretation of light?
    6. How many millions of years between each in question 5?
    7. If we all evolved from a common ancestor, why can’t all the different species mate with one another and produce fertile offspring?
    8. List any of the millions of creatures in just five stages of its evolution showing the progression of a new organ of any kind. When you have done this, you can collect the millions of dollars in rewards offered for proof of evolution!
    9. Why is it that the very things that would prove Evolution (transitional forms) are still missing?
    10. Explain why something as complex as human life could happen by chance, but something as simple as a coin must have a creator. (Show your math solution.)
    11. Why aren’t any fossils or coal or oil being formed today?
    12. List 50 vestigial or useless organs or appendages in the human body.
    13. Why hasn’t anyone collected the millions of dollars in rewards for proof of evolution? {My response}
    14. If life began hundreds of millions of years ago, why is the earth still under populated?
    15. Why hasn’t evolution duplicated all species on all continents? {My response to more silliness.}

    These are from the Missing Universe Museum.  Just taking a brief look through their… material… it’s pretty rare to have that much fail in one place at one time.

    And, of course, they have a $1,000,000 dollar reward for proof of a transitional form.  Shockingly, they actually admit that they don’t have the money.  And since, the evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person has been around for decades, we can assume that they are not interested in evidence.  The only thing that will satisfy them is a video several million years in length that shows the complete evolution, generation by generation from an artiodactyl to a cetacean.

    I’ll post my replies to the above questions over the next few days.  Some will be easy (and grouped together) because they are asking fundamentally wrong questions.  These questions (notably 3, 8, 9, and 12) show their inherent biases.

    Some other questions (notably 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 15) show fundamental misunderstandings of the concept of evolution.  They are creating a false idea of the concept, then attacking it.  It’s called a strawman and it is a logical fallacy.

    There are a couple of interesting questions (notably 1 and 5) that could be answered by anyone with a computer and the ability to type “evolution of sex” or “evolution of the eye” into Wikipedia.  But they aren’t interested in seeing the actual evidence, they just want to make people (who also can’t be bothered to actually learn) think that science can’t explain this stuff.

    So, as a resource, I’ll post my answers, with plenty of references.

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