Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Sticking to the script

When you speak to religious people who claim evolution is false (and it's not a small minority of people that believe that) you hear the same sound-bites again and again, most of them utterly pervert the actual facts of evolution and are designed specifically by unscrupulous manipulators to present straw men that are easily dismissed. Quips like "if we came from monkeys why are there still monkeys" or "you never see a fish giving birth to an elephant" etc.

Clearly most of these people have never actually bothered to try to understand the evidence and science behind the facts of natural selection, and are simply parroting what they've been indoctrinated with by their parents, preachers or imams etc. It's especially sad to hear such propaganda coming from the mouths of children. If you think about it, they're having ignorance forced upon them and are being taught that dismissing the inconvenient evidence of reality is perfectly OK, or worse that it's a virtue. This kind of indoctrination illuminates a clear and direct path from kids believing that everything they don't understand or disagree with is the "work of the devil" through to climate-change denial all the way to flying planes into buildings. If you don't have the intellectual skills or will to fact check your beliefs against reality then you are always going to rely on someone else to tell you what is true; you are ripe for the picking.

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