Part I: Genetics
I have been told by many that the theory of evolution is, in fact, a great Darwinist lie perpetrated to erode the moral fiber of mankind by making him
nothing more than an animal. Into this conspiracy every scientist who stakes their reputation or career on evolution is lumped along with Social
Darwinists and dictators.
To those who see this conspiracy and connect these dots scientists all seem to be feeding into an ultimate plot straight of the mind of Ultron,
titular villain of the latest Avengers movie. That is the tired old Georgia Guide Stone plot to depopulate the world so that only the fittest survive
and humanity can evolve toward some new, perhaps transhumanist, Eden.
But where many see the negative and dark impacts of evolution I see the positive impacts it has not just on scientific advancement and knowledge but
also on explaining our interconnection and need for nature and indeed our oneness with the great living system of Earth itself.
Most of those who beg to have evolution proven to them have no intention of listening once the evidence is presented, they merely wish to have long
protracted debates where their arousal grows out of an undeserved sense of possessing superior knowledge over the pathetic sheep who've swallowed
evolution hook, line and sinker. They revel in their own blind incredulity and stupefyingly powerful naivete and sometimes even in the willful desire
to misrepresent or misunderstand evolution at even a middle school level.
As a former creationist myself I am no stranger to this sort of smug attitude and at one point could have caught myself doing much the same thing,
raising questions about evolution that were then answered but letting my eyes glaze over and not a drop of information get in when that information
was provided only to preserve my ability to say, “Well that doesn't prove ANYTHING!”
With all that out of the way I want to talk about the knock-down end-the-debate evidence for evolution and touch upon the many forms of evidence that
exist all around us everyday that people love to ignore or take for granted. I want to say that I'm not here to hold anyone's hand and lead them to
the evidence, if you want you can go on Google Scholar, or on University websites, and either read the work of the scientists or even contact them
What is the end all be all evidence for the interrelatedness of life on planet Earth? Why its the very material that allows evolution to occur in the
first place – DNA - genes. Even creationists, at this point, admit that genetic variation and genetic change do occur in some form. Most of them
hide behind terms like adaptation and microevolution as if those aren't just pseudonyms of the same thing they claim not to believe in –
Now some creationists will just shrug off the genetic evidence. They will look at the massive percentage of DNA we share with chimps and say,
“well, common design indicates a common designer” as if God was lazy and created two organisms, one that was almost in his image and one that was
fully in his image. This begs the question are chimps just made in the blurry image of
And in what way does this explain the totally alien organisms we find living in the depths on top of hydrothermal vents or in deeper darker places?
While we do indeed share some of our DNA even with them surely the same argument cannot be made. Some organisms, in the end, share more in common with
us in the way they look, the way they behave and their DNA. To say that this doesn't suggest that we share a common ancestor is absurd and shows a
complete ignorance of how DNA works.
To show how open and shut a case this actually is all we have to do is look at two areas where even the most hard-nosed and willfully ignorant
creationists agree that DNA is applicable – paternity tests and DNA evidence in crimes.
We have become so good at looking at DNA that we convict people on the basis of whether their specific DNA was at a crime scene. Even more telling is
that we are so confident in these results that we don't just convict people, we RELEASE people long held to be criminals who we now, because of DNA,
KNOW did not commit the crime in question. I have never in my experience debating with creationists, talking to them or reading their complaints and
arguments, seen them question the criminal justice system's reliance on DNA evidence.
Generally people accept the reliability of DNA to such a degree that they are okay seeing people previously convicted of murder by a jury of their
peers BEYOND a reasonable doubt RELEASED into the general population of the world. And the best part is when most of us hear those stories in the news
we feel SYMPATHY, even a bit of righteous indignation, that the system would lock up innocent people on the basis of obviously inferior evidence
because we understand how accurate DNA testing has become.
In a similar vein I haven't heard anyone complaining that DNA testing is not sufficient in determining who the father is in the case of paternity
tests. Yet the same DNA that tells us who we are related to also tells us what other species we are closely related to genetically. There can be no
confusion about what this means, it's obvious, we are RELATED, as in we share a common ancestor, with every other living thing on the planet Earth.
Even if you want to say that gods or aliens intervened at some point the DNA proves that we all share a common ancestor, that we are all product of
reproduction, that evolution is a scientific fact.
There are so many ways in which evolution could be falsified and yet every single discovery made in biology only vindicates it further and the
advancements and discoveries we've made in genetics are the single biggest and most obvious piece of evidence.
But of course it's all a conspiracy right? They're just saying that there's evidence of evolution in the genetics, there's no real concrete proof
that that's true. I mean, sure we look like apes and behave like apes and sure the fossil record suggests we came from apes but that DNA stuff which
confirms all that as evidence that we really did evolve from apes is just a conspiracy!
If only there were some evidence of the basic principle of evolution working that was not part of the modern science conspiracy. Something older than
the scientific conspiracy, something way before Darwin was even around...
Human beings have been cultivating crops for thousands and thousands of years, long before modern science was invented, [snipped] And even without
the genetic evidence or the full understanding human beings figured out a way to change an organism to better suit their needs. It was actually rather
simple, they discovered that if you bred a plant with a certain trait you could get more of a plant like it. So let's say you have plant X, some of
the crop you've just harvested have a bitter taste, others have less bitter taste. So if you spit out and don't plant the seeds of the bitter but do
plant the less bitter plants, and you continue to do this the final product is less bitter tasting.
This method is called artificial selection and I'll talk about that in the next post:
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