Chad Farnan is a superstitious fool

Chad Farnon, a superstitious creationist

Chad Farnon, a superstitious creationist fool

Chad Farnan (see picture, above) is a superstitious fool. And he hates free speech. He attends Capistrano Valley high school in California, and when his teacher, James Corbett, described creationism as “superstitious nonsense”, he sued the school (via New Humanist). And won. I guess in America, telling the truth is against the law.

Farnan’s website is here.

Now that’s in America where they are cursed with a large number of creationists. It couldn’t happen here, right? Maybe it could. The other day I was looking at Scottish biology exams, which while vastly better than the English equivalents, contain little or no mention of evolution.

This is odd, because evolution is the key to understanding everything in biology. Take an organ — a leaf, or an eye, or a heart, for example. These are each are well-adapted to functions, and you can’t understand them without understanding what functions they do, such as capturing energy from the sun, or detecting electromagnetic radiation, or pumping blood.

But what about a complete organism, such as an oak tree, or a cat? Evolution supplies us with the answer. An organism exists because it is descended from a whole line of ancestors all of whom had offspring, when others around them didn’t. It follows that evolution optimises organisms for reproduction (more precisely: it optimises genomes). So the function of an organism now becomes clear: an oak tree is a machine for making more oak trees, and a cat is a machine for making more cats. And you, dear reader, are a machine for making more humans.

So why is evolution written out of biology, when it’s the central concept? Doing so is like removing force, mass and time from the physics syllabus, removing atoms from chemistry, or removing numbers from maths. It’s a stupid, idiotic thing to do. Perhaps the syllabus designers were stupid, and couldn’t see the wood from the trees. Or perhaps they didn’t want to offend creationists.

This entry was posted in biology, Britain, bullshit, Christianity, education, religion, science, Scotland and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Chad Farnan is a superstitious fool

  1. RBrown says:

    1. It’s incorrect to describe Jewish (or Christian) Scriptures as superstition. In fact, much of OT Jewish thought is directed against superstition.

    2. That biology explains organic structure in light of its function is certainly true, but it is not true that evolution necessary follows from that. Evolution offers an explanation for such adaptation, but that explanation is only sufficient for establishing extinction.

    What is at stake in the argument for or against evolution is how new species come to be–not why extinct species no longer exist.

    • cabalamat says:

      It’s incorrect to describe Jewish (or Christian) Scriptures as superstition.

      Judaism and Christianity both say that supernatural entities (e.g. God) exist. In my book, that makes them superstitious.

      In fact, much of OT Jewish thought is directed against superstition.

      That’s not anti superstition, it’s pushing out the competition!

      That biology explains organic structure in light of its function is certainly true, but it is not true that evolution necessary follows from that.

      I agree.

      Evolution offers an explanation for such adaptation, but that explanation is only sufficient for establishing extinction.

      I don’t follow your reasoning here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s