Respectful Insolence

While I’m on a roll fisking….

…check out Ed Brayton’s masterful fisking of some truly awful anti-evolution “arguments.”

Note especially the way that the two bloggers who run the site, when faced with criticisms of their mangling of facts and attributing “holes” in evolutionary theory that really aren’t, simply repeat the same fallacious arguments again and again in the comments and keep calling evolution a “conjecture” that is not supported by facts, even though it is arguably the best-supported theory in the history of science.

It’s truly depressing to see such astonishing ignorance coupled with such overweening arrogance.

Comments

  1. #1 ompus
    October 18, 2006

    Orac:

    You write that the theory of evoloution is “arguably the best-supported theory in the history of science.” Is this hyperbole or genuine statement.

    Now I believe in the theory of evoloution to an incredibly high degree of probability. And I see NO competing theory even worth discussion. But can evoloution ever be as well supported as our theories on electromagnetism, gravity, etc.?

  2. #2 Orac
    October 18, 2006

    You write that the theory of evoloution is “arguably the best-supported theory in the history of science.” Is this hyperbole or genuine statement.

    I don’t think it’s hyperbole at all. For one thing, I said “arguably” and not that it definitely is.

  3. #3 Joe
    October 18, 2006

    Since I am on record with similar statements concerning the support for evolutionary theory, I support Orac’s statement. Physical theories have fewer (and better understood and controlled) variables. A physical theory can be precisely confirmed with dozens of “key” measurements.

    The complexity of biology gives rise to less precision with so few studies. Evolution is so important to biology that there are mountains of articles in the field (in fact, in many fields (paleontology, genetics, molecular biology etc.).

    In short, to achieve the same, impressive reliability in confirmation of biological theories, you need a lot more data than in physics.