The crazy thing about debating with Creationist hypocrites is that they have ZERO facts that actually support their case, but plenty of rhetorical tricks. I was reminded of that by a “Sirius Knott” who plastered some lame comments on one of my blogs. Here’s the confrontation between him (SK) and me (DH), for those who care to follow it:
SK: Dale Husband, I find your suggestion amusing that a Creator would never bother to create such animals as amphibians as you suppose amphibians infer evolution. I rather doubt you believe in a Creator, but even if you did I doubt you could presume to know His mind entirely. Frogs and spiderwebs, atheists and platypi suggest a whimsical Deity who excels at being implacable and unpredictable. I might add that you wouldn’t have made any connections at all between evolution and amphibians if you had not been told to do so. You appear to have taken Darwin’s offerings, hook, line and sinker. Incidentally, amphibians make bloody good bait. As an artist, and especially as a fantasy artist, I can tell you why Someone might create something as preposterous, as grotesque and as wonderful as an amphibian. It just begs to be done! The artist finds a kindred Spirit in the Creator. Yet, lest you become wise in your own conceits, consider also that the same Creator caused a few of our planets and moons to spin backwards to confound cosmoligical evolution.
Blaise Pascal put it best: “He’s left us too much evidence to ignore and too little to be sure.” Faith is a requirement, but it’s not an unreasonable faith, whether you think so or not. I worry that science and especially popularized pseudoscientific babble like evolution takes the mystery out of life. Neils Bohr deduced that “It is the task of science to reduce deep truths to trivialities.” Not so! The human mind is so much more than neurons. We are not this crude matter and we are much more than the sum of all our parts.
Your extrapolations show a good deal of thought. I admire your pluck, though not your conclusions. Do try to use that big brain of yours for good.
DH: “I rather doubt you believe in a Creator, but even if you did I doubt you could presume to know His mind entirely.”
And yet later you state your own speculations about the mind of the Creator. Neat!
“Frogs and spiderwebs, atheists and platypi suggest a whimsical Deity who excels at being implacable and unpredictable.” And thus unworthy of my allegiance.
“I might add that you wouldn’t have made any connections at all between evolution and amphibians if you had not been told to do so.”
Told by whom? The conclusion was entirely my own and the decision to write this essay was entirely my own. I do not blindly obey the orders of others regarding evolution, or any other subject.
“Yet, lest you become wise in your own conceits, consider also that the same Creator caused a few of our planets and moons to spin backwards to confound cosmoligical evolution.”
And such exceptions only support the idea that the Solar System is the product of natural forces over billions of years, not a recent act of Intelligent Design. I wonder if Siris Knott ever read this:
SK: I was delighted by your comments on my, well, comments. If I may be so bold as to respond…“My own speculations about the mind of the Creator” are based on two things: reason, which encompasses observation, science and philosophy, and revelation, specifically what God has revealed of Himself through Scripture, the natural world and in person of Jesus Christ. What are yours based upon? And don’t posture this time. You did not come up with anything on your own any more than I, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin or anyone else for that matter; that is, more specifically, you did not come up with anything ex nihilo. Your ideas have a source. As to a Creator you deem “unworthy of your allegiance” …what sophistry. The argument of the Judeo-Christian tradition turns the argument on its head. You, and humanity in general, are unworthy of the Creator’s allegiance due to the Fall. You’re one of those, unless I’m mistaken, who don’t want to believe. I’m not sure any amount of evidence would convince you otherwise. I hope I’m mistaken, but experience tells me I’m probably not. So in your case, I thank God for the philosophical applications of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. ;]As to your latter comment, it supports both theories equally. It’s either evidence of design with elements of whimsy and/or the Fall [and resulting entropy] thrown in. Or it’s evidence of a purely deterministic origin. Unfortunately, the uncertainty principle, as Stephen Hawking noted in A Brief History of Time, negates Laplace’s dream of a purely deterministic universe. Sorry.And, yes, I read your dreadful little post [it’s well-written,but a bit claustrophobic, but I admire dogmatism; I simply disagree upon which dogma we ought to be dogmatic about!], was Our Solar System Intelligently Designed? One of your commenters answered you in the manner I would have when he noted that you’ve omitted the implications of the Judeo-Christian concept of a Fallen World [Universe], though I would’ve have, again, also have noted the probable element of divine whimsy. A Creator without creativity! Ha!If I may return the favor, have you read this piece:http://siriusknotts.wordpress.com/2007/12/08/why-darwinists-argue/I would appreciate your thoughts, though, again, likely not your conclusions. ;]
DH:Sirius, I read that little diatribe of yours, and looked at some of your other crap. It is simply pathetic, the way you try to depict us evolutionists as dogmatic and and your views as superior to all others, even poking fun at a “Mr Oops” rather than actually addressing the reality of what you reject. As far as I can see, you don’t have a leg to stand on regarding your ability to judge the credibility of others.Quite simply, you are a denialist regarding evolution and that means you don’t care what the facts are. Your position gives you emotional comfort, so you cling to it because you want to. Then you attack your opponents in sarcastic terms and think that makes you cool, when in fact it makes you no better than they are, hypocrite! http://scienceblogs.com/denialism/
SK: Lovely opinion, albeit a bit vitriolic. And partially baseless. Fortunately, opinions are like noses. Everybody’s got ‘em and they usually smell. ;]You are perfectly correct that I reject evolution. You are perfectly correct in presuming that no amount evidence on God’s green Earth [note reference to Creator] would convince me otherwise. You see, I’ve already examined the evidence and I’m thoroughly convinced of my position. Like G. K. Chesterton, I set off to invent a heresy all my own and when I put the finishing touches to it I discovered I was backed up by all Christendom! Again, the whimsy of God.Now, if this makes me a hypocrite, Physician, heal thyself! Are you honestly going to state that any amount of evidence would convince YOU otherwise? Are you even willing to consider my view? I think not.Dale, you amuse me. I am dogmatic. So are you. I think we both agree that the issue is not mere dogmatism but rather which dogma we ought to be dogmatic about.Oh, and Mr. Oops! asked for it. [Tell me you wouldn’t have responded in kind.]One last thing: I’m not interested in being cool. I lost interest in that pursuit back in junior high.So long and thanks for all the fish!
–Sirius KnottOne additional thought. It may surprise you that I don’t feel that Darwinism is falsifiable. You can’t refute it because folks will always say that we just don’t know enough yet but we will someday [Darwin himself set these conditions in place]. That’s faith.Belief in God [and Creationism] isn’t falsifiable either. No matter what objection you throw out, there’s always a way to confound the objection.I think both theories fit the facts reasonably well. They both have their weight of evidences. I just think that creationism fits better because it explains the human condition more fully.
DH: Sirius, are you serious? Your last two comments are so full of nonsense I hardly know where to begin.
“Are you honestly going to state that any amount of evidence would convince YOU otherwise?” Yes, of course. First, I need to see that evidence. Assertions based on dogma won’t do. Assertion based in MISCONCEPTIONS about evolution won’t do either.
“Dale, you amuse me. I am dogmatic. So are you. I think we both agree that the issue is not mere dogmatism but rather which dogma we ought to be dogmatic about.” That’s called “painting your opponent to be no better than you”, and that’s just dishonest. I’ve dealt with Creationists long enough to recognize all their rhetorical tricks. You have brought me nothing I haven’t seen before, and it annoys me. “It may surprise you that I don’t feel that Darwinism is falsifiable. You can’t refute it because folks will always say that we just don’t know enough yet but we will someday [Darwin himself set these conditions in place]. That’s faith.” Liar! Darwin himself gave several examples of how his theory of natural selection could be falsified in his book The Origin of Species, which it seems you have never read. If you falsify natural selection, then evolution becomes impossible according to known scientific laws and we’d have to abandon it and accept Creationism.
“I think both theories fit the facts reasonably well. They both have their weight of evidences. I just think that creationism fits better because it explains the human condition more fully.” No, no, and no. That’s just delusions on your part. The fact that neither you nor any other Creationist I’ve investigated can put forth anything that could actually falsify evolution, then turn around and claim that evolution is not falsifiable, illustrates the denialist mentality quite nicely.
Debates with such people are useless because it is clear they made their minds up before they even began to study the issues. Then they engage in all sorts of tactics to keep their previously chosen philosophy or religion intact in their minds and to do the same for others like themselves, rather than ever look for ways to falsify what they beleive. That the exact opposite of how science is supposed to work and that’s why Creationism and evolution remain at odds.