Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Another evolution denier falsely equivocates science and religious belief.

Creationist advocate Denyse O'Leary:
"Once a person claims to me that the chimp in the zoo is 99% identical to one of my grandkids, I know I am dealing with an unbelievable belief. Just how to deal with it is a difficult question, especially if the belief is government-funded and supported by all the right people (who don’t think I should have grandkids anyway)."

Putting aside Denyse's desire for those who don't share her religious convictions to not procreate (Who Would Jesus Wish Exinction?), the above illustrates a fundamental inability to grasp some relevant methodological distinctions that exist at the foundation of science.

The "unbelievable belief" that Denyse is referring to is the commonality between human and chimpanzee coding DNA sequences. O'Leary's personal incredulity doesn't make the fact that this assertion is verifiable magically disappear. Anyone (including Denyse) can go through the coding sequences in the two genomes and tally for themselves exactly what degree of match exists. This falsifiability characteristic isn't just some irrelevant facet of science, but an intentionally selected methodological requirement.

Ironically, O'Leary's favoured brand of creationism shrugs off such methodological constraints. Denyse's own position fails to hurdle the very bar she inaccurately criticizes science for not passing. Critically evaluating the pablum that the Discovery Institute pushes out before regurgitating it might be a prudent step towards the avoidance of publishing that kind of embarrassing self-defeating argument.

1 comment:

Zach Bell said...

Oh she's a heck of a gem isn't she? It's interesting to see people who maintain blogs that do not allow comments. I think I remember she actually did this while her blog's traffic was exceptionally low. I can't imagine how much common sense she'd have to deal with now with some more exposure.

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