From the creator of Video Skepdude

On Darwinism!

We are hearing the terms Darwinism/Darwinist being thrown around quite a lot lately. Everyone who opposes the ID theory (what I like to refer to as the Ignoramus Desperatus theory-not real latin by the way unless by chance) is labeled as a Darwinist. The thing is that there is no such thing as a Darwinist, not in the scientific world anyway. There is no branch of biology called Darwinian Biology. There is not PhD in Darwinism, you can’t get a “Distinguished Darwinist” Certificate anywhere, unless you make it up yourself and print it out at or something.

So what is this fracas about Darwinism about? Long story short, IDiots have made up this term, they’ve created an enemy that does not exist in order to attack it, so they feel they’ve won. It is what is known as a “straw man” fallacy.

The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person’s actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position. This sort of “reasoning” has the following pattern:
¨ Person A has position X.
¨ Person B presents position Y (which is a distorted version of X).
¨ Person B attacks position Y.
¨ Therefore X is false/incorrect/flawed.

The way this would work in this case is as such. Start with an evolution supporter (what I like to refer to as a realist). Label them Darwinian. Attack Darwin, mostly on how most of the ideas he wrote about at the time of the Origin of Species were wrong (ad hominem attack on Darwin). Conclude that Darwin did not know what he was talking about therefore everything he said is wrong. Conclude that anyone who clings to Darwin’s ideas must be wrong. Therefore all Darwinists and Darwinism in general are wrong. Therefore you win.
Funny right? Well, no it’s actually kinda scary if this sort of sick reasoning is coming from the President of the United States or a Supreme Court justice or a member of a school board. That is really scary.


April 22, 2008 - Posted by | Critical Thinking, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Logic | , , ,

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