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.


3 Responses to “Stumping a Creationist”

  1. jon Says:

    you know god wanted this to happen.

  2. projectshave Says:

    yes, she said god has a great sense of humor.

  3. […] August 21st, 2007 Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote the creationist’s argument for an intelligent designer. That is, if you find a watch, you recognize that this thing was created and it is not natural. So, too, are birds and people and whales marvelous machines that must have been created by God. He also made the argument that God must be the first cause that set the universe in motion. Two absurd religious arguments found in Book IV of Emile (read it here). Religious nuts quote these arguments, but they avoid the rest of that section where Rousseau says he does not believe in organized religions. Instead, he’s a theist who thinks organized religions are scams (he’s much too verbose). That’s why his books were burned at the time by Christians. I’ll have to bring that up the next time some moron preaches about creationism to me. […]

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