Creationists, the folks who truly believe that evolution is a myth and that instead some magic man in the sky magically poofed life into existence, have an argument known as “Irreducible complexity”.
Basically its an argument that pretends to be science … but its not. Time and time again, it has been debunked, yet the Creationist believers keep trotting it all out and ignore the science that explains why their argument does not stand up (that in itself says a lot about their scientific credibility … good scientists, when presented with real evidence, change their minds. These folks are believers, not real scientists, so they ignore the real evidence.
The core case they present is that that certain biological systems are too complex to have evolved from simpler, or “less complete” predecessors, through natural selection acting upon a series of advantageous naturally-occurring, chance mutations, and a very common example often quoted is the human eye.
Well, here is a video that takes you through it all and does a complete demolition job of this nonsense.
When faced with the claim that there are doubts about evolution … by skeptical.
- Number of scientific papers published in credible peer reviewed journals that support evolution = too many to count
- Number of scientific papers published in credible peer reviewed journals that support intelligent design = zero. (well OK, if you searched very hard you might find a couple, but they would be deemed a complete joke by the mainstream)
GrrlScientist has also blogged about this video in the UK’s Guardian today, you can find that article here.
Oh and one final thought … often creationists bang on about mousetraps not being irreducabily complex … well, with tongue placed firmly in cheek, I can make the observation that here on planet earth natural selection has quite successfully evolved a mouse trap from far simpler earlier models … they are called Cats.