Buzzfeed asked a bunch of creationists who were at the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate on Tuesday to make some signs with questions they’d like to ask of those who accept evolution. The results were pretty much exactly what you’d expect, which was serious ignorance. Like this one:
No, it doesn’t. Next.
Congratulations. You’ve replaced thinking with repeating bumper stickers.
This is a great example of what I have long called virulent ignorance. It isn’t just that this person is ignorant about anthropology, though she obviously is. It’s that she has swallowed whole a bunch of false claims and myths that give her the illusion of knowledge. It simply isn’t true that Lucy is the only hominid fossil we have. It isn’t even vaguely related to the truth. But her Sunday school teacher or her minister or Ken Ham himself told her, “There’s no evidence at all of human evolution. The only thing they’ve found is Lucy and that was just an ape.” And she believed it. A related one:
I don’t even know what that means. Lucy is the name of a specific fossil. Of course we’ve only found one of that particular fossil. We have other fossils of the same species, however. Again, virulent ignorance.
*sigh* But here’s the thing. None of these people are hopeless, though the older ones may well be. When I was 14 or 15 years old, I actually used to argue against evolution with the “why are there still apes” line. I just didn’t know any better. By the time I was 17, I knew it was nonsense. Ignorance is not necessarily stupidity.
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