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My first piece of advice would be to read a book about evolution rather than quantum mechanics, but that’s just me.
Wait until someone starts asking where God came from.
That was painful to read
The stupid makes my head hurt.
Yay! Let’s all celebrate ignorance!
I run across idiots like this all the time. They find some topic hard or impossible to understand, and then decide that since they don’t understand it immediately upon skimming, it must be either meaningless or incorrect. The idea that you can’t reduce everything to sound bytes, or that sometimes you can’t understand something without a significant amount of knowledge, just seems to be an idea beyond them.
Perhaps it goes along with a belief that there is no such thing as knowledge, and that the ‘folk wisdom’ of the past is still state of the art. The problem is the emergence of new technologies shows us that yes, science has added a bit more than what we had in the past. I doubt a textbook on computer engineering would be any easier to understand for the person in the post, but would they then assume that the idea of a computer ought to be dismissed as something that’s impossible but where difficult language is obscuring that fact?
Certainly the more you learn about something, the more you realize how much more there is to know. But this goes for nearly anything worth knowing. You can’t expect to read up on Calculus and start calculating the area under the curve unless you have the building blocks of algebra and trig under your belt first. That doesn’t make Calculus any less real. If something is true, it should hold up to the toughest scrutiny. A true thing shouldn’t fall apart on closer examination.
Though, in a pinch, Nova’s not a bad place to start if you like your knowledge handed to you on the TV.
I was addicted to Nova growing up. That show was (is?) the best!
Is. They’re still producing new episodes.
Nova’s still an excellent series. They had one last year on fractals. I didn’t even know what those were before, and now I can’t stop seeing them everywhere. The tree is fractals, the forest is fractals, why see the forest for the trees when the tree is a forest and the forest is the tree? Trippy and awesome.
I do like my knowledge handed to me on the TV.
Reading that made my brain hurt.
Upon my careful assessment I’d say this person will never get a PhD in anything. Because switching to the bible when you don’t understand something just doesn’t cut it.
Aren’t these the requirements for a PhD from Liberty or Bob Johns “university”?
“Bob Johns”? Is that where you go to major in plumbing?
No, it’s where you go to major in bullshit.
I wonder where he’s “reading” about evolution. The concepts are pretty easy to grasp at a high level.
My guess is he’s either got an absolutely lousy teacher (possibly a deliberately bad teacher who’s trying to make this stuff seem like technobabble, if they’re in a fundie community that doesn’t really want to teach evolution), or he’s reading completely the wrong thing. Bringing up quantum singularities suggests he’s trying to learn about the origin of the universe, not biological evolution.
I agree, the basic concept of evolution is pretty easy to understand. There are a lot of complex details, but natural selection shaping what creatures pass on their genes over generations to produce a variety of species is pretty simple. How hard can it be to get that animals born without fur are less likely to survive a cold environment, so over a few generations you end up with only the descendents of the furry creatures around?
I’m kind of smart but not well educated. I’ve never been religious though. My impressions of my public school education have been recorded before, but I get evolution. It’s the only thing that makes sense, and even if I don’t have the full understanding of it, I feel assured that it’s proven. I also feel a little insecure about that, as religious people feel assured that something else is proven. Intelligent design is written in a science-y language for a reason – creationism by itself is unconvincing to a lot of people who need something that has a shine of being intellectualized and an intelligentified rebuttal to “propaganda” that secular education forces us to believe.
I don’t need to see fruit flies or bacteria evolving in a short time span to get it. What’s really screwed up in the culture is people who swear they are Irish, for example, very common in my area (substitute Italian, maybe). They’ve never been to Ireland or been anything but American culturally their whole lives but understand themselves to be biologically “Irish” for having ancestors from Ireland who met another immigrant several generations ago and married and had children. Another variation is someone who is 1/16th Native. If you can do fractions that far back in your ancestry, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND HOW EVOLUTION WORKS.
America, as a nation of immigrants and ancestors of immigrants, is especially prone to expressing what one is as being from the last place an ancestor lived before arriving at US soil, and when that was, and how many generations ago. Genealogy is a huge hobby fascination. How do these people, who must cross over with Creationists, think this works?
Richard Dawkins’ book “The Magic of Reality” has a good section on evolution which is quite good and easy to understand – for those who still think god did everything with magic!
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