Perkins Babbles About Science

Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and a man of staggering ignorance and dishonesty, babbled incoherently about evolution and climate change on his radio show this week. Evolution is wrong because he can list some phrases he doesn’t understand at all and there’s more evidence for God sending bad weather than for global warming.

Perkins, who has previously professed belief in Young Earth Creationism (the belief that the earth is only several thousand years old), said on Washington Watch that “the theory of evolution just doesn’t work when you consider all the holes, look at the fossil record, the molecular isolation, transitional difficulties, irreducible complexity, cyclical change, genetic limits, there are just so many holes and flaws in the evolutionary theory.”

He later compared the supposed problems with evolution to the purported flaws in climate science: “I remember a few years ago, it might have been Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, made a reference to a hurricane or a storm being an act of God — it’s interesting that’s how we refer to some of these things in our insurance policies — they were ridiculed, saying ‘how dumb can you be?’ Well, there’s more to back that up than to say what’s happening in our environment, our climate, is because of people driving Suburbans or coal-fired power plants.”

So. Much. Stupid.

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  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Who would drive a coal fired power plant? They tend to be rather hard to start and hard to find parking spaces for!

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    “I remember a few years ago, it might have been Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, made a reference to a hurricane or a storm being an act of God

    Its probably been both of them a lot of times claiming that – it doesn’t make it a correct claim.

    Evidence for God sending bad weather?

    Well are the people of tropical Darwin (Australia) particularly evil to get afternoon storms every day in the Wet season but then they repent and are particularly restrained throughout the Dry?

    Are the crews and passengers sailing n ships in the doldrums exceptionally moral explaining the lack of storms there?

    Or does the rain fall on the just and unjust alike?

    And why before Chuches installed lightning rods did their steeples get hit so often, eh?

    Hell, it seems the usual climatology-meteorology confusion is at work here and Perkins has both very wrong.

  • Phillip IV

    it’s interesting that’s how we refer to some of these things in our insurance policies

    And it’s even more interesting how there wouldn’t be insurance policies for it if we actually believed in it.

  • notyet

    He states that non-Christian scientists are accepting design. I assume he means Muslim. He points out that there are holes in evolution. He says some sciencey stuff that is literally meaningless without some explanation. He lies about ID not being creationism as if he never heard of Kitzmiller vs Dover. He tries to play on the ignorance of his audience by pretending that man could never do enough to cause climate change. He makes a comfortable living doing this. It is hard to believe that the percentage of ignorant, gullible people in this country is so large that not only he, but tens of thousands more like him can do this but every day brings more proof that this is the case.

  • tuibguy

    That is stupid. No one who is anyone drives Suburbans anymore. It’s all about the Escalades.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I’m with Perkins. I also refuse to accept things I don’t understand, misunderstand, or have made no attempt to understand.

     

    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! “Who would drive a coal fired power plant?”

    Oh, I don’t know. A Stanley Steamer would be pretty sweet. (side note: “Stanley steamer” is probably on Urban Dictionary. I highly recommend that you make no attempt to look it up)

  • Chiroptera

    …the theory of evolution just doesn’t work when you consider all the holes….

    Most of these “holes” are due to not understanding the theory of evolution; once you understand the correct theory, the holes go away.

    Most of the rest of the “holes” are due lies about the evidence that exists and fake “facts” that don’t exist.

    But there are some unanswered questions…just like in every single scientific field. Which is why there are still scientists doing science: to answer the questions.

    In every other field of science, these questions are called “research topics.” Only in biology and geology are they called “holes.”

  • LightningRose

    Curse you, MO! You know us too well!

  • Michael Heath

    Chiroptera writes:

    Most of these “holes” are due to not understanding the theory of evolution; once you understand the correct theory, the holes go away.

    I’ve yet to encounter even one individual, let alone groups of them, that could articulate a cogent opposition to evolution or AGW in a manner that demonstrated they were even cognizant of all the relevant facts, let alone considered them and provided a coherent rebuttal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Every argument against global warming I’ve seen inevitably devolves into a rant about how it’s all a socialist conspiracy to take our freedumbs and tax us to death and that the scientists are all promoting because they’re getting rich off research grants.

    I think the problem is not so much as they don’t understand the science so much as they don’t care. They’re locked into a preconceived worldview and anything that contradicts it must be “lies from the pit of Hell.”

  • jws1

    @#10: While I agree with your assessment I would also like to point out that AGW denialists are lazy; it’s just easier to do what we’ve always done and to let others in the future sacrifice to fix problems we’ve created.

  • Lofty

    StevoRRR

    Who would drive a coal fired power plant? They tend to be rather hard to start and hard to find parking spaces for!

    You not know the history of your home town???

    This would be awesome to drive about…

    Shearer Steam Car

  • andrewlephong

    I always knew that “molecular isolation” and “genetic limits” would be the doom of evolutionary theory! I put these two up there with other holes in the theory, such as “counter-cyclic enzymatic nucleo-modulation” and “fossilized neo-synthetic achiral bio-sedimentation.” You can’t explain it!

  • Michael Heath

    Sen Ted Cruz:

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questions whether global warming is real, arguing that the “data are not supporting what the advocates are arguing.”

    “The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that – that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn’t happened,” said Cruz.

    Cruz spoke to CNN in an exclusive interview following an event here to promote his new energy plan, which he says he will formally introduce in the Senate next week.

    When pressed about the fact that the arctic is melting, and whether that helps prove climate change is real, Cruz dismissed it.

    “Other parts are going up. It is not – you know, you always have to be worried about something that is considered a so-called scientific theory that fits every scenario. Climate change, as they have defined it, can never be disproved, because whether it gets hotter or whether it gets colder, whatever happens, they’ll say, well, it’s changing, so it proves our theory,” argued Cruz.

    “I am always troubled by a theory that fits every perfect situation. You know, back in the ’70s – I remember the ’70s, we were told there was global cooling. And everyone was told global cooling was a really big problem. And then that faded. And then we were told by Al Gore and others there was global warming and that was going to be a big problem. And then it morphed. It wasn’t global warming anymore, it became climate change. And the problem with climate change is there’s never been a day in the history of the world in which the climate is not changing,” said Cruz.

    Secretary of State John Kerry recently made waves by declaring climate change is “perhaps – perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

    Not surprisingly, Cruz disagreed.

    “Well, you know, it is ironic that Secretary Kerry would say that, uh, given that he is, right now, in the process of negotiating with the nation of Iran in – in what Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has called an historically bad deal,” said Cruz.

    “It is ironic that he sees a greater threat from your SUV in your driveway than he does from the nation of Iran, with their radical Islamic jihad and – and their stated desire to obliterate, to annihilate Israel. He sees a greater threat from your SUV than he does to Iranian nuclear weapons,” Cruz said of Kerry.

    Cruz chose the Spindle Top Boomtown Museum here, where oil discovery sparked the Texas oil boom more than a century ago, to push his ideas to support what he calls a “great American energy renaissance.”

    His proposal includes many traditional GOP ideas – more oil drilling and expanding energy exploration and repealing many EPA regulations he calls harmful.

    Missing from his official plan are other forms of energy, what Republicans call “all of the above,” but he told CNN he does support alternative energy, as long as it comes from the private sector, not the federal government.

    “We ought to be allowing the private sector to pursue every form of energy because the energy of the future, it’s not going to come from the government picking winners and losers,” Cruz told CNN.

    “We ought to open up energy innovation across the board and – and remove the barriers to every form of energy.”Cite: http://goo.gl/uWhb57

    I thought I’d illustrate my previous point that all denialists all demonstrate ignorance and therefore can’t produce a cogent rebuttal. People keep saying this guy is smart and yet here we are.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @12. Lofty : Yup. That’s true.

  • http://www.northernpick.com danrobinson

    It’s becoming clearer every day that no serious action will be taken on climate change until it’s too late. Denialist idiots like Cruz, Inhof, Santorum and others will continue to lie and misrepresent and/or misunderstand the situation. These fools are so concerned about business, jobs, the economy. What will the economy be like when most of Florida is under water? How will increased severe weather help the jobs picture? They fight tooth and nail to continue pouring as much carbon as they can drag out of the Earth into the atmosphere. Coral reefs will be a memory. People like Inuits and inhabitants of small islands will see their lives and homes utterly ruined.

    I’m glad I’m old but I feel very bad indeed for my children.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    @ 14: Ironically, the term climate change was a Republican invention because it sounded more friendly and less threatening than global warming:

    “Voters believe that there is no consensus about global warming within the scientific community. Should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly;” (Republican consultant Frank) Luntz said.

    “Therefore, you need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate.”

    The phrase “global warming” should be abandoned in favour of “climate change”, Mr Luntz says, and the party should describe its policies as “conservationist” instead of “environmentalist”, because “most people” think environmentalists are “extremists” who indulge in “some pretty bizarre behaviour… that turns off many voters”.

    Words such as “common sense” should be used, with pro-business arguments avoided wherever possible.

  • colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #14

    Cruz is a very smart guy who is ignorant of science, probably never having taken as much as a survey course in the subject. I have met a number of such folks who pontificate on subjects like the twins paradox with a total lack of understanding of the theory.

    However, here we have Charles Krauthammer acting as a shill for the Koch brothers with a column full of lies. I guess he doesn’t think that the inverse square law of gravity is settled science.

    http://goo.gl/fH40TG

  • colnago80

    Re @18

    In fairness, Martin Gardner didn’t understand the twins paradox either and wrote nonsense on the subject until very late in life.

  • freehand

    Michael Heath: I’ve yet to encounter even one individual, let alone groups of them, that could articulate a cogent opposition to evolution or AGW in a manner that demonstrated they were even cognizant of all the relevant facts, let alone considered them and provided a coherent rebuttal.

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    As a youthful* captive of a Southern Baptist Family** I listened to our church Youth Director explain at us that “Evolution can’t be true. because we might have evolved on Mars, and then we’d all be dead.”

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    How can that possibly be Poed? How can such a person be educated?

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    * 13 years old, with five more years to go on my sentence.

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    ** I’m pretty sure that I’m a changeling.

  • freehand

    Michael’s Cruz quote: “It is ironic that he sees a greater threat from your SUV in your driveway than he does from the nation of Iran, with their radical Islamic jihad and – and their stated desire to obliterate, to annihilate Israel. He sees a greater threat from your SUV than he does to Iranian nuclear weapons,” Cruz said of Kerry.

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    The SUV and all that it represents can destroy civilization and may lead to extinction. Would Cruz insist that one Iranian soldier is a threat to the USA?