Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Seriously? Do not want.

Lern 2 science.

Apparently we have more creationists than I thought.

I'm not sure whether this is because people are generally lazy and stupid or if the stats are wonky. I hope it's the second one, but I have a feeling it's another example of "Herp derp science is haaaard".

By all means believe in a god, or a goddess, or several, or an intelligent shade of blue. Knock yourself out. That's something we can't prove either way, and I don't give a shit what you think about it as long as you're not going round killing abortion doctors, dressing your wife in a bedsheet or doing any of the other ridiculous things people are inclined to do when they're repressed and uneducated.

On the other hand... evolution has a metric fuckton of evidence (why yes,. that is an SI unit). I've been to museums, read books and spent the last few years up to my eyeballs in pictures of the mammalian reproductive system, and I reckon I've only seen a tiny fraction of the evidence for evolution and natural selection. But it is definitely there. Peer-reviewed articles, a theory 150 years old that has only been supported and adapted to include new evidence rather than thrown out completely... it's not that hard to realise that there's something in this 'common ancestors' thing. Evolution isn't even a hard concept to grasp.

I understand that one of the arguments against creationism can sort of apply to me too. Perhaps I wouldn't accept evolution if it wasn't for all these years of secular education and no religious upbringing. Perhaps I believe it's true because that's what I've always been told, just like some people reject it because the vicar/imam/whoever told them it led to genocide and socialism (something else fundies have a violent knee-jerk reaction to because of a mixed-up definition).

I don't think so though. The information I have always been given has been informative without evoking an emotional response. It makes sense. It is simple. Usually. The books I read as a child included science books and mythology, and I was always allowed to choose my own books without being vetted- well, within reason. Stephen King was out of the question when I was in primary school, for example. But things were never kept away from me, my parents didn't lie to me because they were afraid of something 'other'. Fear breeds fear, and ignorance breeds ignorance- I'm lucky to have this background where education and forming sensible opinions are important things.

What do you guys think? Is it strict religious upbringing that makes people reject what's in front of their eyes? Does that sort of experience mean you never actually get to see the evidence for all this awesome stuff in nature? Or is it just apathy?

One in seven isn't really that big a number, but it's a bigger number than we should have really.

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