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[Nov. 30th, 2004|02:07 pm]
Chaz Meyers
Evolution And Faith, via jwz


I am sorry if my column offended you, but please understand: I am deeply offended by the notion that myths invented in the Bronze Age by superstitious desert nomads should be given exactly the same credence as the work of people like Darwin and Einstein and Euclid and Hawking and Newton.

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It is considered perfectly okay for you to mock my perfectly rational ideas about evolution, but if I point out that your position depends upon the notion of a magic superhero in the sky, you'll probably take offense. Why? Why are irrational beliefs somehow less subject to scrutiny and dissection than rational ones? Why can't we simply point out in school that some people believe that God made the world in seven days, and that's fine, but there's no actual evidence to support that, other than some poorly translated writings that were cribbed from oral traditions that were already hundreds of years old before the first written copy of Genesis ever appeared?


There were other crib-worthy sections of the column, but I figure if you are not already intrigued by that excerpt, you won't be interested in reading more.
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From: catch2002
2004-11-30 03:27 pm (UTC)
the crux of the difference is that if many people believe unprovable but appealing idea A and a few people can almost prove , but not fully, less appealing and more intellectual idea B, then A wins in a landslide among the masses...always.If I dont have to think about it AND if gives me comfort...well give me more!!!

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[User Picture]From: instantdharma
2004-12-07 11:10 am (UTC)
You called? My phone is dead. ;) What's up?
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2004-12-07 12:21 pm (UTC)
I was calling about the Poke-nose this weekend, punk.
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