Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Luskin Doesn't Ask The Right Questions

I hope Afarensis gets involved with this, but Casey Luskin at Evolution News & Views just posted one of the most misleading assessments of human evolution that I have ever read. If you're an idiot, you'll comment on Luskin's post, congratulate him on once again defeating Darwinism, and pat him and yourself on the back for how outlandishly clever you are. If you happen to be a curious, sentient being who maintains any kind of knowledge regarding evolution in general or human evolution specifically, you might wonder if, as Luskin insists, there is only one member of the family Hominidae who walks upright: Homo sapiens. You might ask whether Luskin has even the most basic knowledge of taxonomy. You might ask about ask if there are other species of Hominids that Luskin forgot to mention that also walked upright: oh, say, Australopithicines (several species), Paranthropines (several species), Kenyapithecus, Ardipithecus, or perhaps several that we're currently unsure as to if they walked upright or not (Orrorin, Sahelanthropus). At this point you might also ask why not all cats have stripes if they work so well for tigers, or why not all mammals swim in the ocean if it works so well for whales and dolphins.

If you really think Darwinism is a "...theory that explains everything, therefore explains nothing" without understanding the data behind it, you should also consider the possibility that God is an entity that also "explains everything and therefore explains nothing". After all, God is apparently responsible for rain and no rain; falling off a bike or winning a bike race; causing earthquakes or saving people from them; car accidents that kill people, those that simply injure people and those in which people walk away; God is apparently the source of mercy, hatred, justice and injustice all at the same time; God dislikes one race during one historical period then favors them during another; God causes me to loose my keys and another person to find hers; God grants touchdowns, home runs and bigger bucks to those who attend church on Sunday; God is telling you not to take Spanish when you fail an exam or is the source of your ability when you ace one; God is testing those whose children die, but is rejoicing with those whose children live; God cures some cancers but is simply exerting his "will" with those who don't recover from cancer; God will "provide for us" in our hour of need, "test us" if we continue to need and "reward us" if we no longer need.

God...."explains everything....therefore explains nothing"....

Update: Really, God is apparently nothing more than one big post-hoc accommodating argument...

4 comments:

afarensis said...

Gahh! I can't log in to my blog at the moment. I'll see if I can't come up with a copy of the PNAS article and respond when I have a chance

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I'll see if I can't come up with a copy of the PNAS article and respond when I have a chance