It’s the evidence! July 9, 2007Posted by Joe in atheism, belief, creationism, evidence, evolution, freethought, science, skepticism.
I entered a discussion on the teaching of evolution with some creationists here. Why’d I bother? I’m not yet sure.
I struggled to get across the idea that hollow assertions on a blog shouldn’t be enough to convince anyone about any theory of the real world. (and yet was still accused of wanting them to accept evolution on the weight of my assertions alone!) Pure reason can tell us nothing about the real world! Only actual evidence and data collected from it can tell us what it is really like.
No amount of squabbling with a creationist on the internet (no matter the number of links to sites describing or picturing the evidence) can change minds. What really needs to be done is exposing them physically to actual evidence of evolution. Fossils being the most obvious and the most impressive.
Natural history museums are intended to serve this purpose, though no amount of drawings will convince. We need a place where an immense amount of fossils are set up for public viewing, not just to show the history of developing life, but also to show the history of the developing theories about life. A museum that takes the public through the thought process that science went through 200 years ago. A story of changing theories based on new evidence.
Does such a place exist?