Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Derb explains the problem

John Derbyshire of the National Review explains how arguing with creationists works:
It’s a wearying business, arguing with Creationists. Basically, it is a game of Whack-a-Mole. They make an argument, you whack it down. They make a second, you whack it down. They make a third, you whack it down. So they make the first argument again. This is why most biologists just can’t be bothered with Creationism at all, even for the fun of it. It isn’t actually any fun. Creationists just chase you round in circles. It’s boring.
Indeed. If the stakes weren't so high, no one would bother. Ann Coulter, Bill Dembski, George Gilder and the rest of the merry band could sit around in a room somewhere talking about how Darwinism, Roswell and the Kennedy assassination all fit together. But so long as the idiocy is being promoted for school children, it must be fought.