I'm creating this thread to list 10 popular fallacies and misconceptions that evolution deniers (usually YECers) use to try to disprove evolution
with as well as the truth about those misconceptions. The list is in no particular order. The reason for the thread is because I'm tired of repeating
this to people who insist these statements are true or call the theory of evolution into suspect. They don't.
By the way, if there are more that you'd like to add, please feel free. Please post the refutation to the misconception as well as a source that
confirms the refutation in addition to the misconception you are adding to my thread. I'm not trying to make this thread to laugh at the ignorant, I
want to educate them so that they stop making these mistakes.
1. There is no evidence for evolution
Ok we are going to start out with the big goto misconception here. Ok folks, if you ever find yourself repeating this phrase, stop speaking, then slap
yourself because you just forgot how to use google.
evidence for evolution (google
Evidence for evolution CLEARLY exists, what problem you as an evolution denier have is that you don't ACCEPT the evidence and the conclusion it
presents. But to say that it doesn't exist is just pure lunacy.
2. C-14 dating is unreliable and therefore cannot be trusted
Actually it is very reliable, but as can be seen here
, it is only reliable
up to about 60,000 years ago. 100,000 if you use accelerator techniques. If you'll notice both of these year markers are WELL below the required
millions of years timescale that evolution works on. Here is a list of modern radiometric dating methods that go back MUCH further than carbon-14.
Radiometric dating - modern dating methods
. If you have a problem
with Carbon-14 dating, who cares? It certainly doesn't matter when talking about evolution.
3. Evolution violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics (Entropy)
First off, here is the Second Law of Thermodynamics
The entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems always evolve toward thermodynamic equilibrium, a state with maximum
There is a key word in this definition that should be taken note of. That word is "isolated", in other words "closed". This means that a system
without any new energy being added to the system will eventually settle in a state of equilibrium through entropy. The reason I bring this up is
because Earth, is NOT an isolated or closed system. The Earth receives most of its energy from the sun, so if you want to discuss the Second Law of
Thermodynamics in relation to the earth, you need to include the sun to close it, and frankly that wouldn't even completely close it since the Earth
also gets energy from distant stars and galactic events as well.
4. Evolution doesn't adequately describe the origin of life
Evolution starts with the premise that life already exists. The scientific process used to describe how life began is called Abiogenesis and that is
still only a hypothesis. Evolution could be the answer to how and god could very well be the answer to why since evolution doesn't address god in the
Abiogenesis & Evolution
5. Mutations are only harmful
The important thing to remember is that evolutionary theory is a scientific theory about how life has developed — this means that it begins with
the premise that life already exists. It makes no claims as to how that life got here. It could have developed naturally through abiogenesis. It could
have been started by a divine power. It could have been started by aliens. Whatever the explanation, evolutionary explanations begin to apply once
life appears and begins to reproduce.
are actually either beneficial, harmful, or benign.
Mutation can result in several different types of change in sequences. Mutations in genes can either have no effect, alter the product of a gene,
or prevent the gene from functioning properly or completely. Mutations can also occur in nongenic regions.