It always baffles me that to this day many people don’t believe in evolution. Even from my early days in grade school it seemed so obvious to me that human beings came from earlier species of animals. Other people don’t seem to grasp such fairly simple scientific concepts, especially in the U.S. where polls have shown that only 45% of Americans agreed with the statement, “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.” That’s significantly less than the figure in Europe, which was 65%. Still shabby.
Last year I had a knock on my door and when I answered it there was two Catholic’s awaiting me to preach the good word of the Bible. They asked me if I was willing to speak to them about Jesus and the Bible, and I replied that I would be very grateful to discuss with them but that I was an atheist. After hearing this response, the considerably older one of the two was shocked. “You don’t believe in a God!?”, he asked. “No. Not at all.” The other member of the Biblical task force was a young guy that looked eager to confront a challenge.
He said to me, “But you must know that the evolution of feathers has never been proven and this is a major obstacle for the theory of evolution!” Every now and again, someone will use an argument that is so demonstrably false that you worry that if there was even a hint of truth to it your beliefs about something would dissolve. The more you learn, the harder it is for this to happen, and that poor kid had no idea who he was dealing with. He was like a sheep outside of a lions den, trying to convince the lion himself to become a vegetarian. I debunked his claim in about 3 sentences. But could anyone who doesn’t read general science articles and listen to science podcasts have done the same? Definitely not.
We bid each other adieu and went on our merry way. Who knows how many people will be led to believe his moronic assumptions? The nonsense will just keep on spreading.
Of note is the detail of his argument. The evolution of feathers? Comeon! That’s just going to make you sound like you know what you’re talking about. More importantly, it’s going to decrease the amount of people able to argue against the claim.
As someone who supports evolution, I find it so easy to come up with much more common sense arguments. Yesterday I thought about how humans lactate after delivery to feed their young, and how mice do the same exact thing. Is that a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that salamanders have hearts in their chests and that bacteria use oxygen with the same molecular mechanisms as us? Or that viruses use DNA just like we do?
According to polls, less than half of Americans that read this post will agree with my views. At what point will the evidence be so overwhelming that those numbers will rise? I guess since evolution has already been proven in just about every way possible, and nothing has come close to challenging it, evidence alone will never change people’s opinions on the subject.