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31 March 2010

Life

Have you seen this new series on the Discovery Channel? Its called Life. (Check out the website for previews of the episodes. You'll be hooked.) It has a similar feel to Planet Earth that came out a few years ago (which also was amazing). The series is tracking animal life around the globe with some truly amazing photography. I definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn't come across it yet.

The episodes are narrated by Oprah Winfrey, and she does a good job. I'm sure she's only narrating what was written for her. What I find truly annoying is how heavy the evolution speak is. Why is it, when confronted with the most intricate, complex, diverse and amazing creatures on this earth, we have to use words like evolved and adapted. First of all, have we forgotten that Darwin's theory is just that? A THEORY. It seems like the more scientists learn about different species, the more tightly they cling to the preposterous idea that it was all a big timely accident.

I don't look at a Van Gogh and think "Oh, what a beautiful accident." I don't read Dostoyevsky and think "Wow, the universe really knew what it was doing when it put that book together." We don't look at the Hoover Dam and say "Wow, I love how the ground over there adapted to its surroundings and formed all that cement." No, I assume an intelligent designer, a talented writer, a gifted painter. In fact, even these scientists would admit intelligent design when it comes to simple things like great art, or great engineering.

And YET, (imagine raised voice) when confronted with the most complex, diverse and intricate beings on earth (and I'm not even talking about human life), scientists shove evolution and accidents and adaptation down our throats. It irritates me, if you hadn't noticed. It makes me wonder just how smart these "scientists" really are. Its double speak to assume intelligent design in a Fancy Nancy book but not in a butterfly or a Sequoia or a coral reef.

Its just so illogical.

That being said, I do recommend the series. Its quite good. Sundays at 8 PM on the Discovery Channel. Best viewed in HD.

(Also, if you haven't seen the documentary by Ben Stein called Expelled, I highly recommend it. It speaks to this very incongruency in the scientific community quite poignantly.)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

AMEN!

Human Ape said...

What I find truly annoying is how heavy the evolution speak is. Why is it, when confronted with the most intricate, complex, diverse and amazing creatures on this earth, we have to use words like evolved and adapted. First of all, have we forgotten that Darwin's theory is just that? A THEORY. It seems like the more scientists learn about different species, the more tightly they cling to the preposterous idea that it was all a big timely accident.

The natural selection of favorable mutations is not an accident.

A theory is the highest level of understanding in science. Please don't mix up the two definitions of theory. The definition scientists use is completely different from the 'theory = guess" definition that non-scientists use.

It's probably a complete waste of my time to suggest this, but why not learn something about evolution instead of complaining about it.

There are countless books about the subject, but the best book for a non-scientist, because it's easy to read, easy to understand, and extremely interesting, is "Why Evolution is True" by the University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne.

A little education won't kill you.