The Origin of Specious

A common misconception that creationists have (boy, how many posts about creationism start like that, I wonder?) about evolution is that it attempts to explain the origin of life on our planet. Now, there’s a subset of creationists who do not take that view. Instead, they insinuate that evolutionary theory merely lends to the idea that the origin of life was an unguided, mechanistic process. And to them, that’s offense enough.

Ironically, there’s no hope for those more informed creationists. They tend to be the kinds of people who moralize, equivocate, and cognitively flimflam themselves. I think of Dembski, Behe, Luskin, et al here. In essence, they’re liars, and they know they’re liars. Their objections to evolutionary theory, and science in general, are merely political ones; they don’t like science; they don’t like scientists. They like Christian theology, and they don’t care which wrapping it gets. No, you won’t save these guys. They’re invested. And it’s lucrative for them. Double whammy.

So obviously from my set up (and lengthly tangent), no, evolution doesn’t explain the origins of life, nor does it claim to. Evolution explains the origin of species. To appreciate the difference, you have to know what a species is.

In general, a population of organisms is a species if there exists another population with which it cannot reproduce. So you’ve got birds over here, and bees over there, and they can’t produce children. The origin of species, then, refers to the origin of the diversification of life that we see. It does not refer to the origin of life on our, or any other, planet. In other words, evolutionary theory assumes as a precondition that lifeforms exist. And all it concludes is that these lifeforms develop and change in a certain way.

There are many hypotheses about the origin of life on our planet, and none of them are conclusive. In fact, most are just made up.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve stumbled across this post and enjoyed it. Interesting. I wonder then is it possible to be a creationist and an evolutionist?

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  2. It is, in fact.

    It’s called theistic evolution.

    And I really don’t care if a person takes the theistic evolution position, just so long as they don’t interfere with the science.

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  3. Posted by anonymous on October 29, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Good science is science that can be tested and verified in the lab or in the field. Macro-Evolution assumes too much in my opinion to be called good science. There are just too many things for which it has to use little facts and big imaginations.

    Also, and to a certian point I agree with this, they never want to say, in anything, simply, “God did it”. They are out to find not something supernatural, but something natural (good for them). But in the process have become convinced that they can prove what happened millions and millions and billions of years ago. And the creationists and the evolutionists play the same game in some degree. With the evolutionists getting on the creationist for their easy explanation of “God did it”, and the creationist on the evolutionist for their easy explanation of “just because we can’t explain that” and “sure in our enviroment that couldn’t happen but [insert number of billions of years] and it could happen”.

    Questions like what programmed DNA? Did DNA program itself? How could DNA program itself? Does intelligent information and complexity come from something unintelligent and uncomplex? How did cells form? How do you get from 0, which evolutions have to start from, to 397 genes, which the simplist cell needs in order to work?

    And I know you don’t want to talk about it, but the big bang is the scientific theory for origins of life. Maybe the reason you don’t want to talk about it is due to the fact that so many scientists can embrace the ingenious idea that something came from nothing. “If you want to believe the idea that God exists fine, we won’t attach that on anyone else. All we’ve done is been able to trace life out of nothing.”??? Good Job!

    I’m ignorant and I bet your going to tell me that.

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  4. Have the guts to identify yourself, anonymous, or you get no response from me.

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