Remember Michael Heath? Who could forget, right? I just had an amusing encounter with him at Ed Brayton’s blog. Brayton was writing about a Worldnet Daily review of the Ken Hamm–Bill Nye debate. I guess it’s good that someone is willing to risk their brain cells by reading WND for the rest of us. I guess. Anyway, one of the bits he quoted was as follows.
Darwin acknowledged early on that, in order for his theory to be proven true, archaeologists and scientists would have to find an abundance of intermediate or transitionary forms throughout the world showing one species evolving into another all the way up the evolutionary chain. The lack of these forms is the so-called “missing link,” although it might be better described as a “worldwide absence of missing links.”
My comment was,
a “worldwide absence of missing links.”
Hold the phone, folks, he actually got that one right!
Just a throw-away joke, right? Not to our ever-so-serious friend, Michael, who wrote:
Pedantically yes, and I get your joke, but put yourself within the context of being raised fundie to be a YEC where your public school doesn’t teach evolution. Imagine repeatedly hearing there are no missing links and no fossil evidence. Now imagine going to college and taking courses that report on the fossil observations used to build the theory of evolution.
Your first gasp is to actually see transitional forms and the evolution of these forms. The next gasp is for the sheer volume, the many tons, of actual fossils discovered in so many parts of the globe. That’s my story, and while I never bought the Bible’s fantastical claims or the creationist bullshit jammed down my throat, many years later I remain astounded at the degree of effort involved in building the theory of evolution, the number of people, the money spent, and the energy expended.
Here’s one of the best books that attempts to get its readers to appreciate the volume of findings, it also makes for a great set of adventurous stories, Sean B. Carroll’s Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species [my review]
“I get your joke, but…” Isn’t there a general rule that anytime you add “but” you falsify your initial statement? “I’m not racist, but…” “I don’t really care, but…” “I didn’t mean to offend anyone, but…”
I’m glad for the lecture, but…