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I often run into folks who have questions or misunderstandings about Evolution, so I've decided to write a series of articles to address these recurring ideas. Hopefully, this will be helpful! Today's commonly asked question:

How does DNA know what works and what doesn't? Where's the intelligence to make decisions?

Last night was the "Creation Debate" between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham (the guy with the Creationist Museum). I was really worried about this event, because it can be really dangerous to put real science on the same stage with fake, anti-science religious dogma. Some people can't tell the difference and many people were concerned about lending any kind of credence to Ham's sham-science.

I'm really tired of hearing people tell me that I have "faith" in science. I've explained it over and over to the various purveyors of this falsehood, but Dr Jerry Coyne has given us an eloquent and detailed response in his article No Faith in Science.

One particularly good quote from the article is when he responds to the other incorrect assertion that Reason itself requires faith:

I speak with religious folks on a fairly regular basis about the conflict between religion and science and they will often point to the fact that nearly all prominent scientists throughout history have been religious and since Albert Einstein is such a well-known scientist who existed JUST long enough ago to be mythic, they will often reach specifically for Albert Einstein as an example. Many religious folks claim Einstein was religious and they are assisted in this false claim because of many quotes directly from Einstein which appear to prove them right.

Futurama Scene showing a long list of non-missing links.

Yesterday, I began a story about a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses in my living room. I finished yesterday's post after I scolded the gentleman for making the ridiculous claim that scientists don't believe in the Big Bang Theory anymore. /facepalm

He tried the First Cause argument. He tried dismissing the Big Bang Theory. It was time to pull out another awful argument. 

Timeline and Structure of the Universe

Last week, I was visited by two ladies who are Jehovah's Witnesses. I always enjoy talking to Jehovah's Witnesses, but they are just never prepared to talk with someone like me. One of the women took the lead and within 5 minutes or so, she realized she was seriously out of her depth, so she asked if she could come back with "someone smarter." I told her she was welcome to come back.

Evolution is a controversial topic among the religious-at-large, but it isn't among scientists (many of whom are religious). When I talk about Evolution to people who do not believe in it, I usually find that they don't actually understand the Theory of Evolution. So, I'd like to address a couple of misconceptions about Evolution and then talk about why I would like you to take some time to sincerely consider the case for it. There is some technical info below.

‎"If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that is completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need then. We need scientifically literate voters and tax payers for the future. We need engineers, we need people who can build stuff. Solve problems." -- Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Todd Akin

The Internet was filled today with stories of Republican Todd Akin saying Women Don't Really Get Pregnant from "Legitimate Rape."

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