First, due diligence, as this entry in the series is brought to you by Bill O'Reilly:
Oh, Bill. Dare I count the ways you are flawed in your arguments?
- A gap in scientific data should be explained as either "insufficient evidence" or a scientific conjecture. To quote Dawkins, "It's a most of extraordinary piece of warped logic to say because science can't fill in a particular gap you're going throw in your lot with Christianity." If it should be filled-in with myths, why not the Cthulhu mythos, Invisible Pink Unicorn, Greek Pantheon, Egyptian Pantheon, Norse Pantheon, or druidic theism instead of Christian mythos?
- You fail Godwin's Law.
- You realize you spoke more than your interviewee, right?
- You realize Jesus probably looked more like a middle eastern guy, right?
- Your theology fails the self-sacrificing pacifist test when you look at religious wars on the behalf of Christianity, and the opulence of the Vatican.
- Saying there are more X than Y therefore what X believes is true is a fallacy.
I think when I return to SD I might create a powerpoint slideshow to showcase these "alternate viewpoints", and include a few (ie, soup, clay-assisted, RNA-world) scientific hypotheses thrown in for fun. Take it from universe creation to first autoreplicable form.
To drive the point home: gaps in scientific understanding, no matter your level of scientific understanding, should never be replaced with psuedoscience or mythology in its place
Here's a nice YouTube clip that's not quite related, but discusses the spread of misinformation by the Discovery Institute
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