Like the weather

Today, I want to take a break from my normal facts-based discussion on evolution and intelligent design and do something a little different.  Intelligent design proponents seem to like to make up analogies to help explain their points.  I usually avoid analogies, because I think they are a poor substitute for an actual discussion based on evidence.  However, today I am going to stoop to their level.

Evolution is like the weather

Like the weather, evolution is extremely complex and is based on a myriad of variables.  Evolution seems chaotic at first glance, but there are well-known and established underlying mechanisms.  Similarly, the weather seems chaotic until one observes the seasonal variables, jet streams, cold fronts, dewpoints, etc.

Evolution is also like weather because both were initially attributed to some supernatural power.   If there was a particularly bad storm that demolished houses and destroyed crops, someone must have mad a god mad.  When there was no rain for a period of time, a rain dance was in order.  Today with our modern technology and forecasting potential, it seems hard to believe that people actually believed those things.

There is a very similar situation in evolution.  Going back in history, people also believe that a supernatural being must have created everything as it is today (of course many still do).  Then came along Charles Darwin and his contemporaries, who changed our view of life forever.  We are now beginning to understand how the diversity of life on this planet arose, but we still have a long way to go before we completely understand evolution.  Besides, the weather forecasters are also sometimes wrong.

500 years from now, people will look back at this time and laugh at people how didn’t believe in evolution just like we laugh at people who used to believe that a chariot brought the sun across the sky.  I for one don’t want to be on the receiving end of that ridicule.

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