Stumping a Creationist
June 25, 2007
By some cruel twist of fate, I was suckered into dinner with a chick who turned out to be a creationist and fundamentalist Christian. I tried not to argue with her because stupid people are impervious to reason. She said she became a Christian because she heard voices in her head. I suggested she may be schizophrenic. She said God once told her a joke that had her laughing for 15 minutes. So now God is a supernatural stand-up comedian? While she insisted that randomness can’t produce the complexity found in nature, I stared at the wall and prayed for death. Finally, I explained to her how genetic programming uses randomness to discover extremely complex solutions to intractable problems. She tried to wiggle out by claiming that the experiment was void because the computer “had been created”. I’m not sure what that means. If she believes that, I said, then no experiment will ever change her mind and this discussion is pointless. She said she’d think about it. I ran away from the restaurant that night proud that I had stumped a creationist.