Fellow Dopers, I turn to you for support in the fight against ignorance. I’ve been presented with a videotape, A Question of Origins: Creation or Evolution. This tape supposedly gives “undeniable proof for purposeful creation” and “numerous examples of the failure of evolution.”
Please note that I am not interested in a debate as such. Rather I will offer specific quotes from the video that I believe to be in error or in some way misrepresent evolution. What I’m asking from you is a response to those specific points I toss out.
Be warned that I realize many of the points offered in the video present themselves as attacks on evolution, but in fact they have nothing to do with evolutionary theory at all. For example, the first 2/3 of the video “explains” flaws in the Big Bang Theory and abiogenesis, which I know neither should rightly be considered as equivalent to or a part of evolutionary theory.
To begin with, I’d ask you to comment on the following two quotes.
- “Growing a large, distant, gaseous planet like Jupiter or Saturn poses an insurmountable hurdle for evolutionists because gasses dissipate rapidly in the vacuum of outer space.”
This statement follows from a discussion on the Big Bang, and is supposed to illustrate the inability of natural laws to account for the creation of our solar system. I know that this is a strawman argument, but I’d like to hear from someone who can ‘debunk’ this statement based on physics arguments.
- “Mutations really do occur, they make all kinds of changes in genes: birth defects, disease, disease organisms (?). They’re great at explaining the origin of disease, death and disaster, not at all at explaining the origin of something new, some new trait that never existed. All mutations that we know about are only changes in genes that already exist.”
This statement was offered by Dr. Gary Parker, Biologist. I believe his point is that genetic mutations can only explain relatively minor changes in phenotype, not anything major. Therefore, it is absurd to think that a genetic mutation could produce wings in an organism where no wings existed in its ancestors.
I’ll start with these two, but I’ve got dozens of others to respond to.
FWIW, the tape was given to me by a well-meaning familial fundie. I promised him that I would review the tape and respond to him with comments. He did not object to my soliciting outside assistance—thus I turn to you all. Thanks.