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(This post inspired by Chefquix at Information Pollution who had a few words to say about Evolution)
To me, if you don't believe in evolution as a fact then you are a luddite. Your perception of the world is irrelevant because it is tainted with a colossal misunderstanding that is absolutely fundamental to the appreciation of the human experience that is our life. Understand it, appreciate it, welcome it or be damned in my eyes.
I am currently reading Peter Gay's "The Enlightenment". During that time period many people thought that reason would ultimately triumph over superstition. Science and Reason had brought forth new governments, new medicines, new freedoms, longer life and the promise of a better life for everyone.
To a large degree they delivered on that promise. Take a look at the world we live in. Compared to even the royalty of old most of us live better, fuller lives because of advances made through the sciences.
Enlightenment thinkers must have assumed that having delivered where superstition and religion had failed, that it would ultimately lead people to reject their old ways, embrace the new world and leave that dreadful reality behind.
And to some degree we have done just that, so much so that even today most clergy accept the basic foundations of science and have devoted themselves, rightfully so to the realm of the spiritual.
Creationism is a weird throwback to the pre-enlightenment era. It belongs on the shelf with Witch Hunts, Leaches and Exorcisms. It tries to impose psuedoscience into the realm of real science. In so doing it not only violates the very spirit of scientific thought but it tries to once again blur the lines between superstition and reason.
That the people proposing Evolution warning labels are not laughed out of office is a testament to how lax we have become in teaching the basics of science. In many ways we have become complacent of the gains we have made in the past few centuries. We take many things for granted that were simply inconceivable to people of past ages. Our ignorance of science could lead us to perhaps unintentionally undermine the foundations for the world we enjoy. If we see no connection between the good methods of science and the technology and freedoms it produces we risk destroying these beneficial products.
Creationism not only represents a return to bad thinking it acts as an indicator of the depths we have sunk in our basic understanding of the highly technological world in which we live. I like to tell people that a man hooked to a life saving machine could be convinced to pull his own plug if he failed to see the connection between the plug and the machine. Science and technology are like the life saving machine and good scientific methods are the plug that provides the power.
Creationism is not only bad science, it is also bad religion as well. Even religious people should reject the mutant beast that is creationism. In the modern world we have reached what I feel is a good compromise between science and religion. They do not have to be in conflict with each other. In fact many scientists are members of religious communities and all it takes is a new understanding and acceptance that the world that science reveals does not need to undermine religious faith but can be viewed as a revelation of creation's mysteries.
Turning a blind eye and ignoring the facts as science presents them is not the answer. Neither is attacking the foundations of science to protect an antiquated worldview based on the psuedoscience and superstition of the past.
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