Let’s just start by saying this is the most laughably inept, ludicrously nonsensical, and horrifyingly dishonest bunch of malarkey I have read in quite some time. In support of the growing war creationists are perpetrating on science as a whole and more specifically on evolution, it would seem a handful of ill prepared Christians began their own blog carnival called “Darwin is Dead” in which they intend to prove that evolution is untrue. Luckily for all of us, it is nothing more than a conglomeration of the same balderdash creationists use to push intelligent design.
If you want to see the first carnival, go to Darwin is Dead. I assure you that it’s not worth your time. Please rest comfortably knowing this will not be included in my normal carnival barking. I may, however, use it in the future as fodder for the cannons of amusement. Also note that reading through the comments on that link is akin to standing in a kindergarten class and asking for explanations of quantum mechanics. You’ll get answers, of that I’m sure, but none of them will be accurate and each will construe facts and bend rules of general understanding to accommodate their answers. Much patience is needed to wade through the mess. That said, there is a great debate that is taking place in the comments, and while getting through the circular and meaningless arguments of the creationists is difficult, the ultimate discussion is more than interesting with many capable folks proffering their opinions as well as fact to provide an interesting thought medium.
The first edition of this carnival has only five posts. Let’s assume, if I’m to be entertained, that the limited participation is a growing pain and that it will be more highly populated. Future editions of this carnival will go a long way in demonstrating the lack of scientific knowledge in the creationist arena.
Understand that not a single entry in this deluge of ignorance has any real scientific value. They demonstrate a complete misunderstanding of basic mathematical, geometric, philosophical, journalistic, and scientific premises, functions and facts, a failure that negates serious consideration of the moot arguments made. They fail entirely to address accuracy or clarity, and much of what is said is near gibberish or outright deceptive drivel. That doesn’t negate the entertainment factor, though.
I started a long post about this, addressing it piece by piece after thorough examination of each of the entries. Perhaps midway through I began to realize I would be rehashing arguments I’ve already made. It also required me to repeat what has been said already by many bloggers in response to this cluttered jumble of misinformed mishmash.
Rather than bore you with my own dialectic response, let me point out some of the more notable rebuttals I’ve seen thus far.
Orac starts it off by bringing the carnival to our attention and pointing out some of his personal favorites among the not-so-much-a-plethora of entries.
PZ steps up to the plate next with his response to the mayhem. He addresses the lamest of creationist arguments: if humans evolved from apes, why are there still apes? I already addressed that argument, but PZ gives it a different spin by pointing out that such logic would mean that only one species could exist on the planet at any time. After all, if related organisms had to die in order to give rise to an evolutionary offshoot species, the journey from the first single-celled organism to human beings would always kill off foundational species as new species evolved.
Ed gives the whole thing a bit more consideration. He points out the tired arguments of ignorance regarding the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the absolute untruth of the nonexistent “Law of Biogenesis”, reiterates the “if man… apes… yadda yadda yadda…” BS and logical response, completely debunks and bashes the misrepresentations of carbon dating, and eventually points out the blatant lies told by some of the commenters (and, therefore, creationists).
I laugh to think that Darwin actually died in 1802. This fact amused me when I read the title of the carnival since it inferred more the truth of human mortality than any stance on issues for which the authors were unprepared for debate or understanding. Also, I am still considering the option of authoring debunking posts for each of the current entries in this half-witted yet humorous dabble in science by the very un-scientific. I don’t want to be brutal…