Darwin troll declares victory over software engineer
|February 22, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Darwinism, Culture, News|
Readers who have been following the episode where microbiologist/software engineer Kas Thomas had a look at the glaring weaknesses in Darwinian theory, bringing a sizable mob of Darwin’s trolls out of their caves: About 736 comments later, Thomas must have stopped responding. The top comment now reads,
It’s pretty obvious Kas has bailed. If I embarrassed myself as badly as he did with his Creationist anti-science nonsense I’d probably want to cowardly slink away too.
In some quarters, it is called having a responsible job to attend to.
What Thomas learned, as he indicates, is that Darwin fills a non-rational need in the lives of some. There is no way to discuss the shortfall between current Darwinian theory and what we know of how evolution works in any venue they can get control of. (That includes the tax-funded school system, of course, and surprising numbers of universities*.)
The microbiology doesn’t matter much in the long run, once those people are alerted to a threat to their worldview.
The most useful thing Thomas can do at this point is to desist from arguing with Darwin’s trolls. Instead, read the work of the Altenberg 16, dissenting evolutionary biologists who are not design advocates. He should also have a look at atheist philosopher Jerry Fodor’s What Darwin Got Wrong, agnostic philosopher David Stove’s Darwinian Fairy-tales, and atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel’s Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False.
There is a serious conversation going on. But you have to go somewhere quiet to find it. That excludes the trolls by definition.
* One issue at universities today is that, due to freezes on tenure, the least creative thinkers may have it, and the most creative thinkers may not.
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