Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Whack a mole! Another pops!

I was in two minds, actually write about it and give it a little more light or keep quiet and make sure that the less covered an event, the better (especially if the event in question tries to take established theories of evolution, folds it into a thick wad and shoves it up your backside)...
That is kind of how uncomfortable I feel when I see the latest crap creationist contortion from the Muslim world. I had talked about this mumbo jumbo sometime back here, but this one tries to best the levels of stupidity as yet achieved our home grown variety.

This one comes from Turkey and is the brainchild of Mr. Harun Yahya. This person has so much money that he does not try and create a book that will hit the book stores and sell based on its popularity/content, instead, he decides to mail the book for free to just about anybody who cares to have a copy and has already carpet bombed the mailboxes of leading US university professors by sending each one a complimentary copy. The New York Times estimated the production costs of each book to be at least 100 dollars apiece (given the glossy pages and detailing in the pictures).

Mumbo Jumbo - a page from the book.

The crux of the book lies along the following fault line and it seems to crumble the moment you read it...
Fossils reveal that life forms on Earth have never undergone even the slightest change and have never developed into one another. Examining the fossil record, we see that living things are exactly the same today as they were hundreds of millions of years ago—in other words, that they never underwent evolution. Even during the most ancient periods, life forms emerged suddenly with all their complex structures–with the perfect and superior features, just as do their counterparts today.

This demonstrates one indisputable fact: Living things did not come into being through the imaginary processes of evolution. All the living things that have ever existed on Earth were created by God. This fact of creation is once again revealed in the traces left behind them by flawless living things.

It does look like our scientists are taking this in stride..

So far, no similar response is emerging in the United States. “In our country we are used to nonsense like this,” said Kevin Padian, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who, like colleagues there, found a copy in his mailbox. He said people who had received copies were “just astounded at its size and production values and equally astonished at what a load of crap it is.

William Sartorius (1754 - 1785), 'Still life of fruit, birds and insects in a grotto', Oil on canvas, 23 in X 26 in

Just when the world needs more rational thinking than less, we seem to be assailed by people who seem to be bent on distributing propaganda that is outright false…
How far will these guys go?


Tree said...

I was going to write something relatively serious about this but then I got the mental image of Shelties and Poodles and Persian cats roaming the wild with dinosaurs. I mean, the fossil record hasn't changed, right? We just haven't yet found that 3 million year old fossil of a Yorkshire Terrier. But it's out there!

Sunil said...