That wasn’t a gas line exploding

It was Pharyngula’s head. Courtesy of his good friend and fellow atheist Scott Adams:

I’ve been trying for years to reconcile my usually-excellent bullshit filter with the idea that evolution is considered a scientific fact. Why does a well-established scientific fact set off my usually-excellent bullshit filter like a five-alarm fire? It’s the fossil record that has been bugging me the most. It looks like bullshit. Smells like bullshit. Tastes like bullshit. Why isn’t it bullshit? All those scientists can’t be wrong.

If you are new to the Dilbert Blog, I remind you that I don’t believe in Intelligent Design or Creationism or invisible friends of any sort. I just think that evolution looks like a blend of science and bullshit, and have predicted for years that it would be revised in scientific terms in my lifetime. It’s a hunch – nothing more….

The bottom line is that DNA tests (which do not set off my bullshit detector) have shown that you can’t really tell what set of bones begat other sets of bones just by looking at how they differed and how old they are. Apparently evolution is more complex than imagined, and there were lots of ape-people varieties wandering around at the same time. Some had modern features that they weren’t supposed to have. The so-called modern features apparently popped up and disappeared more than once, and in more than one species.

Like Scott Adams, I have always been an evolution skeptic. Not on the basis of my religious faith, as my skepticism long preceded that, but because it’s so obviously smoke, mirrors and mad dancing around flaw after flaw after flaw.

No disrespect to Patrick Ewing, (being raised a bit of a Hoya fan by my grandfather), but I can remember the first time I watched him play for Georgetown and thinking, you know, if they dug him up tomorrow, scientists would swear he was our giant ape ancestor.

I don’t know what DNA will reveal in this latest chapter, I’m merely looking forward to the first discovery of a T-Rex with a human in its stomach or something like that. And then all of the back-pedaling, followed by arrogant and superior statements about how we NOW know exactly what’s going on and if you don’t blindly put your trust in it, you’re just stupid and uneducated.

It’s tough to take today’s scientists and their certainties too seriously if you’re sufficiently well-read in history. The probabilities are high that 22nd century scientists will be denying their beliefs are “true science” in the same way that they try to disown 1930s German science.