“Just a Theory”

Jerry Coyne shared the above video, which features professor Tim White addressing with what a creationist student probably thought was a clever objection.

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  • Ian

    This is what happens when the plot of “God’s not Dead” happens in the real world.

  • arcseconds

    The student’s question is “why should we base the validity of all our life’s beliefs on a theory?” after prefacing this with some doubts about whether cells are really simple building blocks.

    ‘All our life’s beliefs’ sounds like it goes further than paleontology class. I think she might be conflating ‘evolution’ with ‘thoroughgoing godless scientific materialism/naturalism’.

    And the business about simple building blocks sounds like the worry here is abiogenesis. Abiogenesis is a lot more speculative than the rest of evolutionary biology, but it’s not a keystone without which the entire structure falls apart. And one could even argue that it’s not really a part of evolutionary biology per se.

    I don’t want to criticise White too much as it’s not as if the student is being clear about this, and it’s difficult to answer poorly-phrased and left-field questions well on the fly, but it seems to me that, at best, he’s only addressing half her concerns here.