Sunday, May 29, 2011

Beck demonstrates his shocking ignorance about science

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The following piece is being reprinted here with permission of the author, Jacob Fortin. He is the owner of The Good Atheist, and this story was entitled "Glenn Beck is shockingly ignorant." It was originally published in October of last year.

I don’t consider myself an expert on evolution; however, I’ve devoted a considerable amount of time studying the matter, if for no other reason than to try and understand humanity. The answers to some of our most puzzling questions become obvious once you realize that we are nothing more than apes that have evolved over millions of years from a common ancestor to other primates. While our chimpanzee cousin’s “evolutionary focus” was more on climbing trees and eating fruit we went a different route, which lead to our large brains, our upright posture, and a significant loss of hair.

The evidence of our ancestry is so strong that you cannot find a serious scientist who refutes the fact that we are, in fact, just another branch of the ape family. Despite all this, scientifically illiterate morons like Glenn Beck continue to refute the obvious. Their arguments are so weak and stupid that attempting to answer them seems like a waste of time:
I don’t think we came from monkeys. I think that’s ridiculous. I haven’t seen a half monkey / half person yet. Did evolution just stop? Did all of a sudden, there’s no other species that is developing into half-human.”
Other species developing into half-humans...what exactly does Beck think evolution is all about? Does he think all species eventually develop into upright primates or something? Even someone vaguely familiar with evolution would never make such an infantile assumption.

profoundly ignorant propagandist

Luckily for Glenn he’s not the only moron on the show; his idiot cohost brings up Piltdown man in an attempt to refute the scientific evidence of our ancestry, as though mentioning a hoax that was exposed in the 1950′s somehow means that evolution is wrong. These morons don’t understand that science is a process, and that individual scientist are human beings that make mistakes, and occasionally try to defraud people (yes, sometimes people suck). Luckily, the scientific method demands evidence and applies intense scrutiny to any claim. With this error correcting mechanism built in, it’s usually only a matter of time before hoaxes are exposed.

Think of how science and religion contrast with the simple example of The Shroud of Turin. This pathetic relic has clearly been identified as a 14th century pious hoax (which matches the date of the appearance of this supposed relic), and yet the Catholic Church continues to try and assert that it is indeed the cloth that was placed on the body of Jesus when he was buried. They do this because the item serves as pathetic “proof” that their God existed, and that’s the level of scrutiny they are willing to apply. That’s the real difference between religion and science; while hard working men and women probe the very fabric of the Universe, pious morons like Glenn Beck  continue to disbelieve the evidence simply to maintain a belief that a bearded super being created us in “his” image.

NOTE: This is the same man that now has his own UniversityBe afraid, people!

For a summary about Glenn Beck, see "Becoming Paul Revere"

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