Friday, August 05, 2011


Doubling Down

From Texas:

A few questions about Darwin's theory

To the editor:

I recently wrote a letter concerning evolution and intelligent design and the right of students to hear all sides of an issue rather than be brainwashed with only one thought available. I would now like to make a few comments on Darwin's theory of evolution.

Three basic questions come to my mind when studying Darwin's theory:

1. If fish came out of the ocean to walk upon land, why do we still have fish?

2. If man evolved from apes, why do we still have apes?

3. Does anyone have any proof of any species ever evolving into another species?

I will be interested in hearing any answers to these questions.

Dr. (Name Withheld to Protect the Clueless)

RationalWiki is rather snarky, but I think that sometimes it covers a question better than can be done by someone taking a more serious attitude. The "monkey" question is worth a look:

How come there are still monkeys?


I like that RationalWiki page.

For some reason every time I see questions like the letter writer's, the tune "I Am My Own Grandpa" comes to mind ...

-- pew sitter
My favourite response (and one RationalWiki has) is 'If white Canadians are descended from Europeans, how come there are still Europeans?'

At the least it shuts them up and at best it provides an entrée into the less flippant answers.

It's like the old bit about how you get a mule to do what you want. First you hit him between the eyes with a 2x4. Then, when you've got his attention, ...
The Sensuous Curmudgeon rips on the same letter.
The funniest part is where it's signed "Dr."
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