Home Archives Random Quotes Latest Comments Top 100 Submit Quote Search Log In

Quote# 56188

A couple of years ago, after I had been following the controversy for several years, I found myself listening to a long lecture by a Darwinist, replete with bafflegab and pretty lame examples. Finally, sensing (correctly) that I was unconvinced, he proclaimed to me, "You just don't understand how natural selection works, do you?"

And suddenly, the penny dropped. What he meant was that I just don't believe in magic. I can't make myself believe in magic; I haven't been able to since I was a child. And I was no longer going to give the matter any attention. What I really wanted to know then and now is - how magic became so important a principle in science? And I think I know of at least one reason.

Denyse O'Leary, Post-Darwinist 64 Comments [1/11/2009 12:31:32 PM]
Fundie Index: 8
Submitted By: TheOutsider
WTF?! || meh
Username:
Comment:



1 2 3
fudgethis

No, you just don't understand how natural selection works.

1/11/2009 12:37:23 PM

Dexter

I am keen to hear your complete un-magic alternative to natural selection. Please share your knowledge.

1/11/2009 12:40:56 PM

anevilmeme

"I can't make myself believe in magic; I haven't been able to since I was a child."

So you don't believe in talking snakes, burning bushes, magic loaves of bread, or Casper the Friendly Messiah?

1/11/2009 12:44:41 PM

aaa

Face, meet palm.

1/11/2009 12:46:35 PM

FMG

Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic...

You are proving that statement. You are so backwards that modern technology has become magic to you.

1/11/2009 12:56:42 PM

Mortok

"God" on the other hand, is a totally reasonable alternative.

1/11/2009 12:57:14 PM

toothache

And yet, magic man in the sky seems oh-so-reasonale, right?

1/11/2009 1:02:57 PM

Mudak

Well, isn't religion in general the greatest sleight-of-hand ever conceived? I'm glad that you're turning your back on religion.

Welcome to the, um, dark side, Denyse!

BTW, what, exactly, is a "Darwinist"?

1/11/2009 1:24:01 PM

El Zorro

Denyse simply found a way to reject the ToE completely. Just say it's just magic, and you don't have to think about it.

It's magic, lalalala.

1/11/2009 1:24:47 PM

Lucretius

Just because you, Denyse, do not in fact understand natural selection ,it does not mean that it is magic.

1/11/2009 1:31:14 PM

Oirish_Martin

Ah, ignorance is bliss isn't it?

I also notice you've disabled comments on your blog, you pansy. Too scared to hear what people think about your bilge?

1/11/2009 1:37:19 PM

Zoo

Wow. You have that little intellect that you can't distinguish natural selection from magic?

Here:
1. The environment has resources.
2. Organisms need resources to live.
3. The organisms that can gather the resources best generally have the things they need to have more offspring than their less efficient neighbors.
4. If the feature these more efficient organisms has can be passed on, their offspring will likely also have lots more offspring than other individuals of the species.
5. As time passes, the less efficient trait is likely to be reduced to a tiny fraction of the population (or eliminated if the better trait is extremely superior).
6. This process happens in a population, which is a subgroup of a species, so this population has the potential to become a new species.
7. Natural selection is not the only kind of selection.

Absolutely no magic involved.

1/11/2009 1:38:48 PM

Mrs.Beez

"And I think I know of at least one reason."

Oh for fuck's sake, you're not referring to the "magic that is the love of Jesus" are you?

another palm, meeting another face...

1/11/2009 2:02:54 PM

Trovore

"Finally, sensing (correctly) that I was unconvinced, he proclaimed to me, "You just don't understand how natural selection works, do you?" "

Wow! You're the blindingly ignorant creationsit yet the 'atheist Darwinist' is the one who had the epiphany.

1/11/2009 2:11:39 PM

Grigadil

What was Clarke's comment? Something about sci/tech being indistinguishable from magic in the minds of the ignorant....

1/11/2009 2:12:12 PM

Illuminatalie

What staggering conceit your blog displays! The only penny dropping was you finally losing your mind.

And I think I know of at least one reason
Yes, that scientists, and indeed all people that make you feel small because they are smarter than you, are so morally inferior to you that they worship the devil. Conceited twat.

1/11/2009 2:13:16 PM

Clown

Now I get it! These guys are either not smart enough to understand basic concepts or do not have enough brain power to extrapolate them to very long timeframe. And the penny didn't even have to drop...

1/11/2009 2:18:15 PM

Reverend Jeremiah

Oh shut up!

1/11/2009 2:18:57 PM

Reverend Jeremiah

Really? The basics of natural selection is not hard to understand. You can understand basic biology without having a doctorates in it and you dont have to know every little detail about it. Its okay to say that Biology isnt your field (Electricity is mine), but its still good to know the basics... thats why they teach the basics manditory in high school.

Plain and simple - if you dont understand natural selection, you are lacking a high school equivalent of education.. and its something to be ashamed of.

1/11/2009 2:24:35 PM

Psittacosis

You didn't listen, did you, Denyse?

1/11/2009 2:25:44 PM

maxedout

"I can't make myself believe in magic; I haven't been able to since I was a child."
Which is precisely the reason I'm an atheist

1/11/2009 2:49:52 PM

Mister Spak

"What he meant was that I just don't believe in magic. I can't make myself believe in magic; I haven't been able to since I was a child."

Right, you believe in the rigorously proven and peer reviewed dirt-turned-into-people-who-ate-magic-fruit-because-a-talking-snake-said-so theory.

1/11/2009 3:22:18 PM

Pule Thamex

Snigger. Titter. I like that one. A simple reversal of the usual positions. Snigger. That is so subtle. No-one would ever think of that. You been practicing how to thwart your detractors and turn the tables on them, haven't you? Lovely stuff.

Keep 'em coming. A cunning ploy indeed. A masterpiece of persuasive arguing. Titter.

1/11/2009 3:34:32 PM

jimboaw

"You just don't understand how natural selection works, do you?"
How right he was.

1/11/2009 3:37:39 PM

CailinBan

Oh, and there's no controversy. But nice try.

1/11/2009 3:46:24 PM
1 2 3