August 19th, 2007

Noah and Kiwi

The Kiwi Question

Sooner or later, every rational person comes face-to-face with one of those willfully irrational people known as creationists. Usually, before the rationalist can come to terms with the fact that so primitive an outlook could be alive and well this late in the history of science, the creationist will be on the attack. Within seconds, the rationalist will be struggling to avoid suffocating under a veritable avalanche of bogus data about bullfrog proteins, Neanderthal Man's arthritis, the impossibility of left-handed amino acids originating without magical intervention, the uselessness of only half-evolved eyes, the imperfection of the fossil record, and the supposed forgery of all known Archaeopteryx fossils. 

Usually, rationalists can find some argument with which to repel the creationist's unnatural advances. Even so, the first encounter with a high-octane creationist can be rather disturbing, and it is not unusual for rationalists to spend several days thinking of better arguments they could have used.

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