Friday, March 26, 2010

Celebrity Scientists

I knew this girl who thought that the paperback copy of the Necronomicon she owned gave her the power of call spirits from the earth. Now it is unlikely that many people would think that her views were correct. However, imagine she was famous, had been on reality TV or was a sports star; then perhaps she might be given prominent media space to shout her Cthulhu-views. Sounds crazy, I know but in Australia, a ex-footballer has been given a platform to wax lyrical about evolution. I shit you not. Our sport-literate, but science illiterate writer starts with some truth at least...
I openly confess to being no scientist, nor will I try to pretend to be one...

So why give this guy a platform? Why not give an evolutionary biologist a chance to talk about the debates and issues at the cutting edge of biology? Nope - famous people get to talk down to us 'cos they are famous and we are not...
The fact is that fossil records do not support Darwin’s theory. Experts have come to realise that the gaps in the fossil records and the absence of precursor and intermediate forms are such that they can no longer be ignored or his theory be taken seriously. It was Darwin, the author of the theory of evolution himself, that confessed in a letter to Ossy Gray on September 5, 1857 that “one’s imagination must fill up the very blanks”

What experts? Football experts? FFS. Of course there are gaps in the fossil record because each time a new one is discovered; new gaps open up. Doh! This does not make the evidence weaker but stronger with each find because each find always fits into the pattern evolution predicts.

Also the quote-mining of Darwin; first off he knew there were gaps in his understanding - DNA being the biggy, but are time has gone but to quote a guy from 1857 as if no evolutionary science has been done since then is shocking. 'cos when you consider DNA, the mapping of DNA provides us with the strongest evidence yet for evolution; indeed it is so strong that many experts (evolutionary biologists, not footballers) think that it alone more more than enough to carry the theory of evolution.

Fucking flat-earth idiot. Stick to football until you've got more than a idiots knowledge of biology.

1 comment:

Wayne said...

I wonder how Gary Ablett managed to make Asa Gray into Ossy Gray (besides the fact that Gary Ablett is an idiot, and probably had one too many illicit drugs).