Saturday, July 03, 2010
A thought (via The Dispersal of Darwin):
I noticed an outrageous banner ad at a creationist blog proclaiming: "2013: Darwinism Falls." Ugh. I understand that there are people who think (mistakenly) that there's a big crisis in evolutionary biology and it's going to collapse, but I've never encountered anyone arrogant enough to set a date. So I clicked on the ad, and it was pretty sad. It's some site run by an engineer. What is it with engineers? Why is it the most arrogant and vitriolic antievolutionists are engineers? I don't know, but here's a prediction for you, Mr. 2013-Darwin-Falls: It ain't gonna happen. I was just there at Evolution 2010 (unlike you), and I've been to many of their past conferences (also unlike you). They're doing fine. They're plugging right along. There's lots of excitement. Lots of research funding. Thousands of researchers. They're not going anywhere. So unless Jesus Christ returns bodily to rule the earth in the next three years, 2013 will see evolutionary biology continuing to enjoy the same cultural power they have now.
- Dr. Todd Wood, young-Earth creationist and Director of the Center for Origins Research at Bryan College and President of the Executive Council of the BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group
I read that on Wood's blog and was taken by the "cultural power" phrase and by the shift from "evolutionary biology" to "they."
And I do argue with the fundie across from me in work...although ever since I showed him the unicorns in the Bible he's been pretty quiet.
He is a YEC. You can't expect that denialism of science will be completely absent.