Banana Hand Hates: Creationism vs. Evolution
There is a concept that has been spreading through our culture like an infection, and I think Isaac Asimov sums it up pretty well: “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge”
Creationism, or Creation Science as they like to call it (because putting the word Science after something makes it so much more factual) is the idea that the Earth was created within the last 10,000 years.
I am not going to try to disprove every single point on this because that’s not what this is about, all that needs to be said is that if you have taken any geology class ever that wasn’t taught by your formerly drug addicted pastor and by an actual science teacher, you know that number is absolute bullshit.
“Creation Science” is our ignorance here.
So why on Earth would they pit it against something as well studied and documented as evolution, a scientific theory that has existed for and held 153 years, even as we put it through the rigorous testing of our modern technology? It boils down to exactly what Isaac Asimov said. Creationists think that their ignorance should be taught in schools because hey, it’s a democracy and if “Evolutionists” get a theory so do they, right? Unfortunately for Creationists, they have a complete misunderstanding of the difference between a scientific theory and a philosophical theory. In science, a theory is a hypothesis that is proven through evidence and testing whereas in philosophy, a theory is a thought process to solve a problem much like a hypothesis in science. There is this misconception that a theory becomes a law when it is proven, and that simply is not true either. They are both validly proven concepts, but a Law describes one subsystem usually where a theory describes a larger system.
The point of all this is that there just isn’t a Creationism vs. Evolution argument and we need to stop fucking acting like there is one, because they are not even in the same thought spectrum. Faith and science are two different things, and if you want to keep science out of your church and say the world is 6,000 years old go right ahead, but my future demon spawn shouldn’t have to come and ask me why their teacher said Jesus rode dinosaurs. Creationists say they don’t want to tell their kids their teacher is wrong either I hear, and to that I have to say too bad. If you want to raise your kids to not accept commonly known science, you should be the one putting in the effort to tell them their teacher is wrong. Those of us who have logical thought processes shouldn’t be the ones who have to work harder to make sure our kids are actually taught science correctly.
To fuel your rage, here is John Pendleton a “Scientist” with a BS in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin talking about how the world was created in 7 days. Rage on my friends.