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I’ve blogged on this prior, but I think a reminder is needed and this is surely a valid one. Before I said we shouldn’t allow “Academic Freedom” in form of criticizing evolutionary theory in classes. I also said why, but apparently it’s not clear enough that people would understand. Or maybe they do — and don’t care.

In science, evolution is a fact. There’s also a theory of evolution. The theory explains how the fact works. The theory of evolution will never be perfect, because we’ll always be modifying it as new evidence comes out. This is, however, most certainly NOT a weakness. Theories are meant to change. Because we’ll never have all the information on how they work and et cetera.

Germ theory of disease, for example, is imperfect, but no one is going to flat-out deny the existence of germs, are they? Well, yes and no. Yes in strange conspiracy circles, no in any rational person who isn’t batshit insane.

The reason why we don’t want to allow people to criticize evolution is simple: if people criticize elements of it that haven’t yet been analyzed, there will be so much to criticize that people will overlook the obvious benefits reaped from evolutionary theory (medicine, for one) and ask why we’re even teaching it if it has so many holes. That’s what the intelligent idiot community wants, they want to teach what we’ve not yet figured out about evolution and exploit that to question if it even happens, regardless of what is being criticized.

Florida is treading a dangerous path, one that can only end badly if the IDiot community is allowed to continue their cynical (and fanatical) bullshit. Someone has to stop them, and if WE, the ones who care, don’t speak out, who does?

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Everyone had said Expelled was THE film. The creationists said this would defeat “Darwinism” and the Disco Tute banked on it. What they didn’t bet on was the legions of smart people who would step up to the plate to say it was nonsense. I even know creationists who believe what the film has done is just plain stupid. A friend of mine, who strongly believes in God and creationism, has said that the film itself was despicable, although he’s admitted to being a fan of Ben Stein, and has called him… Erm… Smart. Not my choice of words, but I can respect that.

I hate to say it, but it is.. honestly… over.

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Gigantic Fairytale

It was said on a billboard that all religions are fairytales. This, apparently, offended a ton of people and easter business fell. I found this quite interesting, so my first response to religious bulletins on the social networking sites like MySpace happens to be “sounds like a fairytale” or whatever.

I was on my nephew’s MySpace (I like to read his stuff, I’m a kid too!), and… I noticed a bulletin, I responded to it, he responded, etc. It’s just an interesting case study.

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Dallas Ellis, who two months ago stood up and gave an awesome example of evolution, is clearly one of the finest minds of our time. Of course oranges are related to us! Of course that orange is someone’s pet’s mother!

Or not.

The sheer ignorance in his argument is enough to make me want to vomit out of sheer disgust. This happened two months ago and still makes me wonder: what is so hard to understand about evolution? Really?

Still, it’s amazing that he’s such a prime example of Floridian genius. Congrats, Mr. Ellis, for you’ve beaten us. We now see how utterly silly and barbaric the theory of evolution truly is. In fact, you just turned one hundred fifty years of scientific knowledge into a big pile of bullshit. Yes, evolution is a lie! We’ve been caught! Now the godheads will win the war against us god-hating liberals!

A scientists job is never done. (or in this case an aspiring scientist)

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Recently a user who identified as a hardcore Christian (6000 year old Earth, literal Bible, evolution disbelief) posted two comments here. As all of the comments posted here have to be moderated, I debated myself for a few minutes before deciding to not let them pass.

Why I did this was rather complicated. If my blog were bigger and there were a bunch of people here that could engage in debates, I would have let it pass, regardless of content. In this case, I got one ROTFLMAO from the user (yes, “T” included) over the idea of “macro evolution” (which doesn’t exist). Also included was the notion that evolution was a “belief” (I don’t believe the user said such directly, but it was hinted at), and the thought that we should teach both sides because whenever you get one side, it’s propaganda.

Well, he’s sort of right.

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I tried to think of a better title. I really, really did. But after such a victorious battle against creationism today (this blog destroyed all personal barriers with 370 hits, compared to 90 hits of my previous record), something had to ruin it.

That something would be my mom.

Being under the age of 18, I still live with my parents, and like any rebellious teen I want to leave. But that’s a bit irrelevant. Anyhoo, even though I’m a perfectly down to Earth and nice fellow (sans my lack of religion), my parents seem to think that I’m a devil incarnate for various reasons. Notably my air of superiority over them for their belief and my lack there of (note: it’s presumed, I don’t care if they have faith or not and get along well with many people of faith).

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I didn’t see Expelled as yet. Even though that gives me no permission to review the internal aspects of the film, aside from what has been released to me from others who have seen it, I can point out some things about the film itself, as well as creationism, that are a bit off to me.

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