Monday, November 21, 2011

Okay Fundies, Is Science Really That Hard?

I kid you not, no sooner than I published my last blog post did I come into contact with a coworker - I'll call him, "The Fundie" - that made me lose even more faith in my fellow man.  Picture me - and if you don't know what I look like, just wing it - minding my own beeswax in the break room, whilst trying to pour myself a cup o' morning joe.  The Fundie walks through the door with another unfortunate coworker.  I'll call her, "Bob."  The ensuing conversation went down something like this:

The Fundie strolls over to me at the coffee maker, with Bob in tow: "Hey, maybe you'll be able to answer this question."

Me: <sigh> "What is it?"

The Fundie: "I just asked Bob this and she couldn't answer it.  If Evolution is true, why are there still apes?"

I turn and look at them, bewildered.  I say, "Look, Fundie.  It's too early for me to..."

The Fundie, who is definitely rubbing some sass on at this point, interrupts so he can finish his thought: "You don't know either, do you?  How can there still be apes if we evolved from them?  You'd think scientists would be able to find... SOMETHING."

Me: "Look Fundie, I could try to explain common descent to you, and why your question is complete nonsense.  But it is too early in the morning for me to get into this with you.  But I will try to help you by asking you one question - if most Americans came from Europe, why are there still Europeans?"

Of course, Bob had already excused herself before I delivered my dagger.  Crap.

Please note that only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.  Oh, and before I forget, I'd like to take a minute and give a shout-out to my e-homies at Reddit for giving me that quick out.  Thanks guys, these quick barbs come in handy!

Now, could someone explain something to me?  Is science really this hard?  Is it honestly too big of a stretch for a person's mind to grasp the basic process of the Theory of Evolution?  Is it really easier for a person to believe in a magic-man-creator-being, or a talking snake, or a man living inside of a fish, or virgin births???

Or is it something more fundamental?  Is it just more comfortable for people to hang on to childish fantasies?  Is it easier for people to believe that an all-powerful presence is guiding their lives, rather than take the responsibility for their lives and rely on themselves to get by?

Even if science is too hard for some people to understand, surely everyone will get this: just because some people can't understand science, does not mean that all science is wrong.  And furthermore, a lack of knowledge certainly does not leave room to squeeze in the latest incarnation of god.


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