Questionable Motives

October 3, 2011

Why is irreducible complexity wrong?

Filed under: Evolution — tildeb @ 10:37 am

Or, for the few who grant creationism any merit whatsoever – presumably by some divine intervening agent of Oogity Boogity,  “Why did a creative agency make all life on earth look exactly like it underwent only evolution?”

Much to the chagrin of creationists everywhere, the fact of the matter is that evolutionary biology is our best predictive understanding of how life has come to be. We can treat its tenets as fact and produce medical technologies and applications that work reliably and consistently well. But is that a bummer? No. It just means that creationism is just another run-of-the-mill fairytale. And we can say this with a great deal of confidence because:

The evidence is out there, for those who wish to find out for themselves.

The experiments have been done, for those who think there are fatal gaps in evolution.

The simulations have been run, for those who think evolution isn’t fully predictive.

My advice to creationists of all stripes is that closing your eyes to the world around you will not change reality. It’s time to put aside childish beliefs and open the eyes to what’s marvelously and wonderfully true in fact:

The genetic code did evolve in spite of childish and ignorant creationist beliefs to the contrary.

Get over it already.

(h/t cdkoo7)


  1. Cute little speach but that’s all. You haven’t proved it wrong you only said it was wrong. I guess all I have to say is that you are wrong. Oh, and good luck catching mice with your new mousetrap.

    Comment by Joseph attenhofer — October 8, 2018 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

    • Proved it? Proof works only in axiomatic systems. But what I can do is suggest you give yourself permission to inquire further. You will find that the evidence in favour of the explanation is greater than any other scientific theory you use every day and risk your life without thought because you trust it and have every reason to do so. It works consistently and reliably for everyone everywhere all the time. It informs applications, therapies, and technologies that work. It is fully buttressed (when it didn;t have to be) by seamlessly fitting with with genetics. Evolutionary theory is better informed than, say, germ theory or nuclear theory. It is used with complete confidence in areas like medicine to silvaculture, from energy extraction to pharmaceuticals. For anyone actually interested and open minded, the subject is easily researched. That will open the floodgates to the mountain of compelling evidence in its favour.

      It’s not my job to prove it to you. It’s your job to decide whether or not you have the courage, honesty, and integrity to respect reality’s arbitration of the explanation. But I suspect no amount of compelling evidence from reality will sway you one iota. You’ve already dismissed it, haven’t you. because you believe you already know. That’s the seductive power of theology, to make you think you know stuff you know nothing about AND be satisfied with maintaining that state of ignorance and call it virtue.

      Comment by tildeb — October 9, 2018 @ 12:05 am | Reply

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