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Evidence, Layer by Layer

Evidence that life on Earth is very old (and of humble origin) continues to accrue, but some beliefs are insurmountable. On EvolutionBlog, Jason Rosenhouse refutes the argument that the evolution of complex molecules and organisms is highly improbable. He notes that if we “imagine evolution proceeding by selecting genotypes entirely at random, then the probability is vanishingly small that we shall ever find one that produces a functional, complex organism.” But since natural selection only builds upon what works, it’s a smaller wonder that we’re here to argue about it. On Dispatches from the Creation Wars, Ed Brayton exposes “the problems that flood geology has trying to jam every single event recorded in nearly 700 million years of deposition into a single year.” Ed writes, “one has a hard time imagining how a group of dinosaurs were alive and going about their day, peacefully building nests to hatch their young on solid ground, in the midst of a global flood that had already deposited thousands of feet of sediment below them.” Who says the Word of God can’t be poetic?

Comments

  1. #1 Nick
    September 1, 2011

    It’s the non-random selection of random mutations.

    It isn’t the random selection of random mutations.

    The funny part is that “It’s the non-random selection of random mutations.” is American capitalism.

    “Intelligent design” is just Stalinist central planning.

  2. #2 Steve
    September 2, 2011

    I once heard a radio preacher who not only didn’t accept evolution, he didn’t believe in *physics!* The apple falls, not because mass attracts mass, but because God pushes it down. All of the apparent laws of nature are just whims of God. I think he has defined the outer limit of fundiewackazoid thought. The nasty thing about his thesis is that it’s as unfalsifiable as the whole God question, so you can’t rationally argue with it.

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