Monday, December 10, 2007

"I Believe in Little Things..."

Illustration Friday: Little Things

According to the article Creationism in the Classroom in Wired Magazine, the battle of religion vs. science continues. The Discovery Institute is continuing its medieval quest to push evolution out of the science classes and wedge religion in in the form of Intelligent Design. Now, if there was a science teacher who was being censored for saying that he felt God created the world, then I would support his right to say so. If these Bible-Belt states wanted to include a religion class elective for students in public schools, that would be fine with me as well. Instead, creationists are trying to use religion to disprove science. Science is what can be proven, a way of understanding the universe and how it works. Religion is God created in Man's own image. Faith in God can coexist with science, religion cannot. God gave you a brain to use, not to ignore the evidence around you because those with religious authority tell you to.

What really cracks me up about the whole evolution vs. creationism war is that the theory of evolution has absolutely nothing to do with whether God created the world, or the existence of God! It has to do with how life adapts. God- if you choose to believe in Him, Her, or It- could have very well created evolution. The two concepts are not in any conceivable way at odds. The problem is that the theory of evolution debunks myths- specifically that the world was created in six days only 6000 years ago, and that every creature was created exactly as they are today- that were written thousands of years ago by goat herders who believed the Earth was flat, at the center of the universe, and surrounded by a great ball of water until Noah's flood. (I don't mean to "diss" the Bible here, just the idea that the book of Genesis is historically and scientifically accurate.) For that matter, I deplore the whole Adam and Eve story for the same reason Ayn Rand did: it says that seeking knowledge is the original "sin," rather than a triumph, and that the world is an evil place because the first humans didn't do what they were told. If that's not a story meant to control people, I don't know what is.

"But, evolution is just a theory," is the usual straw-grasping of the creationists. This too, cracks me up. A scientific theory is a hypothesis which has been proven through testing. Here is a Muppet News Flash: Gravity, electromagnetism, & quantum physics are all scientific theories as well. Intelligent Design is NOT a scientific theory, as there are no tests which can prove it. Therefore, it does not belong in a science class. If you want proof that evolution is real, look at the world around you, and how nature is adapting to all the chemicals we've pumped into it, how viruses are adapting to immunizations, etc, etc, etc. Also, please don't tell me that you "didn't evolve from a monkey." No one ever said you did- otherwise there wouldn't be any monkeys around, would there? Rather, evolution suggests that we and apes evolved from a common ancestor. (And, as the great late Robert Anton Wilson suggested in his Schroedinger's Cat Trilogy, the reason why humans portray so many primate behaviors.)

Why, in the 21st century, is this dark-ages movement even possible? The nearest thing I can figure is what I call Tony's Political Pendulum Theory. (That's not a scientific theory, mind you!) It works like this. In the 1980s, the country's political compass pointed slightly to the right of center. In the 1990s, the compass was swung as far as possible to the left, as quickly as possible. The people on the right found themselves marginalized, mocked, and bitter. In the 00s, (what do you call this decade?) those in power used the political climate after 9/11 to push the compass as far to the right as possible, again, as quickly as possible. Yep- it's all about revenge. This is why I think the best thing for the country is for someone who has had NOTHING to do with politics for the last thirty (or at least twenty) yeas to be elected.

I'll just settle for anyone but Hillary.



Rui Sousa said...

great work.very nice!

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

I just about died when I found out that my parents didn't believe in dinosaurs. "How come there are dinosaur bones then?" I asked them. "God created the earth old." they answered. Wow! That's one tricky God! Since I don't have any kids, I always buy my nephew dinosuar stuff for Xmas and his B-day, Dinosuar hats, Dinosaur shirts, Dinosaur coloring books, etc. It's a big joke between my brother and I.

By the way, my bother thinks you are a genius for teaching your daughter the Toight as a Tioger line to your daughter, very funny.

Anonymous said...

I like your little guy just the way he is too - very cute :)

Anonymous said...

Your comments areright-on. God created science and gave is the ability to discover all that we can. As Rodney King once said, "Can't we all just get along?"

Michael O'Connell said...

god bless you tony…you have a brain…and ain't afraid to use it… you also have hands and eyes and did one fine illustration…

it's nice to see at least one old friend still haunting the IF blog even though i have been chained to my computer and house renovations and freelance gigs…



and i still enjoy your thoughts as well as your pretty pictures…

Craig J. said...

Proof of how out of touch I am: I had no idea Robert Anton Wilson was dead. Then again, that's not the sort of thing that would have made a big splash in the media when it happened (unlike, say, Kurt Vonnegut's passing).

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Amen, bro.
Although I'd WAY rather see Hillary in the White House than somebody who a) doesn't believe in evolution and b) is therefore (possibly) willing to make science POLITICAL rather than scientific.

Catnapping said...

if i was still a germ, i'd marry your guy. of course, it would be a sexless marriage, and i'd probably be pink or something.

but it would be great. we could do the brownian samba, and touch flagellums...but then still not have sex.

yep. i'd marry him.

Tony LaRocca said...

catnapping- Thank you- he thinks you're pretty cute too!

Tony LaRocca said...

Craig- I know- he died last January, & I didn't even realize it. Here's the statement from

RAW Essence
January 11, 2007

Robert Anton Wilson Defies Medical Experts and leaves his body @4:50 AM on binary date 01/11.

All Hail Eris!

On behalf of his children and those who cared for him, deepest love and gratitude for the tremendous support and lovingness bestowed upon us.

(that's it from Bob's bedside at his fnord by the sea)

RAW Memorial February 18, 2007

imwithsully said...

Your posts are always refreshing in a sea of cuteness on IF. Oh, wait... I made a cute one this week. Please don't look. You might think bad of me. :)

Aravis said...

We were taught about the political pendulum in high school in the 80's. They just keep reacting against each other. Back and forth we go.

As for the whole creationism thing: couldn't agree with you more!

String said...

The last comment about politicians rings so true...we need to shift the manipulation of government by people who feel a pendulum swing is an accurate way to control the 'history' of time.