Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Creationism: Here Comes the Sun

Creationism, that branch of conservative evangelical Christianity, holds that you cannot pick and choose which parts of the Holy Bible to believe in - it must be all or none – also holds that this doesn’t apply to science. The Bible isn’t a smorgasbord, they say, but apparently science is. What I mean is, adherents to creationism deny the validity of the branches of the sciences of biology, ecology and evolution as well as the sciences of geology and oceanography, but have an unreasonable fixation on the subdivision of the science of physics generally known as thermodynamics.

All of those branches of natural science are clearly in error, but thermodynamics? Gospel.

Creationists in disputing the validity of the biological principle of evolution, cite the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, that the entropy of an isolated system always increases. For isolated system, read Earth. For entropy, read chaos. That is, in a system obeying the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, order (for that, read highly developed organisms) gives rise to disorder. Evolution, they say, is the very antithesis of the 2nd Law in that it predicts increasing order.

But in order for this to happen, the system must be isolated.

The reason I bring this up is that a friend sent to me a screen capture of a creationist website that gently, even pedantically explains all of this so that low-browed creationists can understand it as well as teach it to their home-schooled children.

I present it to you in all of its glory, with my friend’s annotations included.

Isn’t that a scream?

And it’s so very revealing that these people can’t even hear themselves when they spout all of this nonsense.

A similar situation, I think, applies to Teabaggers who have embraced Donald Trump for his ultra-rightwing views on abortion, war, and President Obama’s citizenship. Just a few short years ago, Trump was on record, and on video as being anti-war, pro-choice and for universal healthcare. He was a classic east coast lefty snob. But now that he is speaking their tune they have simply forgotten about all of that.

Teabaggers and Creationists: Ignoramuses gone wild.

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