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At Salvo: What will Darwin’s faithful do as the edifice slowly crumbles?

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Terrell Clemons offers an approach based on the always entertaining Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, who is also a Darwin skeptic:

Last fall, Dilbert creator Scott Adams held his first online “Troll College.” Sitting in front of a wonky whiteboard, the satirist extraordinaire and sarcastic poker-of-fun at all things pompous, taught seven rules for would-be internet trolls. One capitalized on the straw man fallacy, which involves misstating your target’s argument, then criticizing the misstatement. Others focused on rhetorical strategy: always issue a “halfpinion,” for example, which reduces a complex issue to one variable, rather than a real opinion, which would require taking all factors into account.

“You should also pretend,” Adams said, moving on to rule number five, “that you as a troll [do] something called ‘understanding science.’ . . . Just make the assumption that you know more about science than other people.” And like a good teacher, he modeled how it should be done. “Ah huh huh huh,” he guffawed, demonstrating the condescending, arrogant, mocking tone you should assume. “You don’t know anything about science, ah ha ha. . . .” A troll should never give reasons for what he “understands.” What matters is the attitude.

Terrell Clemmons, “When Darwin’s Foundations Are Crumbling, What Will the Faithful Do?” at Salvo

Indeed. Darwinians have been marketing attitude rather than evidence for decades. And the upshot?

The upshot of all this is that Darwin was right in believing that natural selection operating on random variations can cause organisms to become adapted to their environments, but he was wrong in believing that the process was constructive. Nowhere has the Darwinian mechanism been shown to build a complex system. It has only been shown to modify an already-existing system, usually in a loss-of-function manner.

Terrell Clemmons, “When Darwin’s Foundations Are Crumbling, What Will the Faithful Do?” at Salvo

The rhetoric is likely to get considerably more ridiculous before people get around to assessing the evidence in an open-minded way.

See also: Dilbert cartoonist fights back against ass hat.

4 Replies to “At Salvo: What will Darwin’s faithful do as the edifice slowly crumbles?

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    Seversky says:

    I love the Dilbert strip but if you rely on a cartoonist for information about science you could wind up with a caricature of the real thing.

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    ET says:

    A cartoon offers better insight into science than seversky ever will. Evolutionists and science do not mix.

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    asauber says:

    “The rhetoric is likely to get considerably more ridiculous…”

    Indeed. They will double-down on a modified narrative.

    Baghdad Evolutionists will continue to blare noises until tanks blow up the broadcast bunker and crunch over it.

    Andrew

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    Concealed Citizen says:

    Seversky,

    I love the Dilbert strip but if you rely on a cartoonist for information about science you could wind up with a caricature of the real thing.

    Hehe. But, seriously, a cartoonist is not all he is. Cartooning is a medium. Kinda like blogs. He got a MBA from U.C. Berkeley and did economic models and statistical analysis for many years in the corporate world.

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