Pat Hayes and the Logical Fallacy of False Analogy
|February 19, 2006||Posted by Dave S. under Intelligent Design|
Pat Hayes at Red State Rabble tries to present the face on Mars as an example in false positives equivalent to the appearance of design in cellular machinery. When will uncritical thinkers like Pat Hayes cop to the fact that seeing the Virgin Mary’s face in a tortilla is not the equivalent of seeing design in an interdependent network of subcellular biological nanomachinery so complex it makes the US Space Shuttle and all the supporting infrastructure at Cape Canaveral, right down to every nut, bolt, transister, and bit of software code, look simple in comparison?
Adding to the false analogy, after 60 years of Natural Selection having been granted exclusivity in the classroom by judicial fiat as the only theory of evolution, only 1 in 3 people believe it. The face on Mars meanwhile is something, by Hayes’ own admission, which only a few cranks still think is real after NASA’s little publicity stunt was scrutinized.
And speaking of uncritical thinkers like Pat Hayes there’s Richard B. Hoppe at Panda’s Thumb trumpeting Red State Rubbish as something that should be on everyone’s reading list. Does RBH have National Enquirer on his reading list too? There’s a true analogy. At least we found out where Hoppe gets his news and information from.
Buy a clue, Hayes. You can find what you need in the Idiot’s Guide to False Analogies.