Why You Should Fear Darwin

Connor Wood wrote a piece at Science on Religion about why some people have an antipathy towards the theory of evolution. Leah at Unequally Yoked responds with a post, “Scared of Darwin for All the Wrong Reasons.”

I should probably respond to the content of the posts. I might do so later. Right now, I’m going to be a bad blogger and just use Leah’s title as an excuse to post an old strip from Queen of Wands:

Queen of Wands, December 8, 2003 by Aerie

… and this is the REAL reason you should fear Charles Darwin.

  • Darwin

    You can run LRA, but you can’t hide. The Texans shall be the first to face Darwin’s Chainsaw of Natural Selection!

    • UrsaMinor

      So you’re planning a world tour, Darwin? Good for you. The herd could use a little thinning.

    • trj

      Makes sense you’d start in Texas.

      • Darwin

        There’s a reason it’s called the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

  • https://sites.google.com/site/skepticalverdure/ Christopher Brown

    Now while it feels great to blow off steam and make fun, which I am not against, you all do realize that our precious evolution is entirely responsible for the presently perceived mess? Just a quick reminder, evolution doesn’t select for intelligence necessarily but for sheer baby making ability. That is the point, after all, to continue the species which certain types of people seem way better at than others you may identify with, so in terms of natural selection, they are winning the “race” or rather, making enough offspring to fling their genes far and wide.

    • Custador

      Yes. We get it. Most of us are scientifically literate. Some of us have qualifications in biosciences. But we also have a sense of humor. You should try one sometime.

      • UrsaMinor

        Despite my scientific literacy and qualifications in the biosciences, I will admit that I enjoyed the movie “Idiocracy” immensely. But its literary predecessors, Cyril Kornbluth’s stories “The Little Black Bag” and “The Marching Morons”, were better IMO.

        • https://sites.google.com/site/skepticalverdure/ Christopher Brown

          That’s precisely what I had in mind, a very funny movie, Ursa Minor. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Not many did, sadly.

          I wonder how other’s with oddly hostile reactions towards strangers on the Internet making dry observations, non ironically, with bizarre accusations of humorlessness think of it especially when you expect so much better of them as regular contributors to a pro humanism & science blog? The Internet, she is a strange place that does strange things to good people

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_disinhibition_effect.

          • Custador

            I think you’re mistaking wry wit for hostility, but I forgive you since (as previously noted) you seem to lack a sense of humour entirely :-p

            That’s the problem with the written word: It’s bloody hard to write tone and inflection unambiguously.

            Still, you managed to respond without rancour and with decent spelling, so you’ll fit right in. Welcome to UF!

            • Noelle

              Crap! I have to be able spell to hang out here? Good thing autocorrect’s got my back.

            • Custador

              Just claim it’s US English, and I’ll be none the wiser.

            • UrsaMinor

              We’uns does constituate teh majority of English speakerz. You might consider emulating us as role models. Resistance is futile. You will be absorbed.

              Nonetheless, Received Pronunciation will be missed, not to mention that charming Liverpudlian accent.

            • Noelle

              I did notice that Custy spelled inflection wrong, but I wasn’t sure if it was a British thing or just wrong.

            • UrsaMinor

              At least he dropped the ‘f’ and not the ‘l’.

            • Custador

              Fear my edit button!!!

  • Atheist Pilgrim

    He not only lacks a sense of humour, he also lacks knowledge on the correct use of an apostrophe.


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