Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Evidence Points to a Divine Creator...or Does It?

Evidence Points to a Divine Creator...or Does It?


After exploring several fake science sites, I noticed a trend in all of the creationist-based “research” articles. Each author simply provided scientific facts, whether it was about genetics or fossils or some other biological phenomenon, and then proclaimed that they could only be true due to a divine creator if there was no concrete science to back up the facts. However, not once did any of the authors provide any evidence to support the idea that a divine creator must exist. Any one in the sciences knows how complex science can be and how long it takes to discover and tease out the mechanisms by which many scientific processes occur. The answers do not just arise, it takes lots of research and experimentation, it will never be as simple as just saying, it is this way because it is; which is essentially the only thing every creationist author says.

The site I found most amusing was answersingenesis.com; it’s clear that nothing on the site is of any logical or scientific merit. There were several articles that functioned in just the same way as every other creationist article I stumbled upon as outlined above, but the one that caught my eye and made it most obvious that the site was complete junk was “The Body of Evidence, under the category the human is created by God”.

It is frightening that some people could actually be misled by any of the information on this site. The description of the article makes it seem as though there was actually going to be a lot of evidence to explain why the only solution for humanity is God-even though that is ridiculous on its own- (shown to the right), however once again there was no actual proof. Instead, to get the evidence you are prompted to buy a 16-part video series that will explain it all for you, how convenient right? And it is only $135.  I would be curious to know how many people actually fall for the nonsense included on this website. They make a statement as bold as, “your feisty white blood cells, which could only be the handiwork of a Master Designer”, but have no explanation following to prove why there can’t be an alternative explanation. Scientists have actually explained their possible origin using evolution, the evidence suggests that the most primitive blood cell was likely involved in phagocytosis and nutrition in metazoans and later evolved in certain marine annelids. The marine annelids had differentiated cells that carried food and oxygen, much like the modern day erythrocyte. Although this scientific explanation is for red blood cells, it proves the point that there is a more cohesive and stronger explanation for how blood cells emerged using the process of evolution and what the actual evidence points to than there is saying that a divine creator must have waved his finger one day and was somehow responsible for creating all of life’s complexity.

 

Reading this article was extremely comical, but also very alarming. It’s frightening knowing that many people just believe everything they read. I would be curious to see how many people wasted their money on these videos.

The wording of the article sounded like a poorly funded sales pitch. It seemed as though the author was just listing facts about the human body and preceding each textbook-like clause with “God made” or “Learn how God did this”.


There is nothing scientific about this site. There needs to be a way to teach the masses how to properly decide whether a source is credible or not.

Posted by Jenna Lansbury (5)




11 comments:

  1. I actually thought this was pretty comical as well. The fact that this website offers a "video" to explain these inaccurate claims is ridiculous! I bet the author had no references or explanations for his reasonings! Also, I liked how you mentioned white blood cells and how scientists already explained their origin through evolution. Clearly this author has absolutely no scientific background because it is clear that it has been already discovered through years of PROFESSIONAL research!

    Posted by Angela Driscoll (group A)

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    1. Exactly, I would be more apt to respect people and ideas that refute science and evolution if they actualy had proof that suggested it was possible. However, it's no surprise that there were no explanations for the reasonings at all!

      Posted by Jenna Lansbury

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  2. I am probably in the rare minority of biologists that believes in a God, and also believes that evolution exists. Over time creatures have adapted in order to survive and this is a fact, whether people believe it or not. As you state beautifully, scientists have proven the evolution of blood cells. Just saying that a master designer created certain things in the world is fine, but if you have no proof to back it up than it can't be credible. I totally agree with the reasoning of why you believe this article and this website is saturated with fake news and the fact that they tried selling a video series to explain is more proof of this being fake news than they have probably ever given on the website. I appreciate the blog post, and its always great to learn how to fish out fake news websites and articles.

    Posted by Nicolas Baltayan (Group A)

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    1. I am actually surprisingly with you, I too believe in a God. I don't necessarily know to what capacity since I believe in science and evolution as well. It is exactly like you say, the only thing that makes the article ridiculous and clearly fake, is the lack of proof and evidence to back up their claims. Thank you for your response!

      Posted by Jenna Lansbury

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  3. The debate between creationists and scientists is always interesting to watch. It reminds me of the debate that took place a few years ago between Bill Nye and a creationist "scientist". While I respect religion and people's beliefs, almost every claim that the creationist believed could be disputed by scientific evidence. I also think it is really funny that they tried to sell a $135 DVD set explaining it all. If that doesn't shout "red flag" then I don't know what does.

    Posted by Jordan Milone (3)

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  4. When I was looking for an article for my blog post I also stumbled upon this website. I was first struck by the URL which seemed to boldly claim that there were answers to everything in the Bible. The articles were poorly written with little evidence backing up their claims. It was alarming to think about them profiting from the sales of DVDs and other products. As you said it would be great if there were universally accepted rules to follow that deemed what sites were credible, to stop the spread of fake news.

    Posted by Leah DeLorenzo

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    1. I agree, the entirity of the site is alarming. It is unsettling that they could be earning money from these videos; it appears that the videos just include the man who made it's son. They are clearly scamming people. They want other people to blindly believe in a God and the Bible when they have no explanations as to why it is credible.

      Posted by Jenna Lansbury

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  5. I read the article you linked to and I agree that it sounds like a poorly funded sales pitch! I also visited anwersingenesis while looking for an article and like Leah, I was astounded by the fact that some writers would simple say something along the lines of "and the Bible is truth" and leave it at that without any further explanation. I think it's incredible that science can now explain the origin of so many things, and that writers like Menton can insist that it points to evidence of a "Master Designer" without telling the reader exactly why this proves the existence of the designer.

    Posted by Haley Huang, Group A

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  6. Part of what always gets me about these articles and websites stating basic factual information that must be due to some "devine creature" rather than nature itself, is the stuff they try to get you to buy. It's like those websites where, if you only pay for shipping and handling you can get these miraculous diet pills that will totally work! It seems abusrd that the video cost $135! Information can be very factual but yet be discussed in a manner that is not reasonable. This seemse to be an article like such. Like you've mentioned, the answers will not simply arise. With factual information there also needs to be factual reasoning and explanation. We can not just say it is becasue it is.

    Anna Potorski

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  7. I think it's really sad when people who do believe in God or even a divine power try to lure others in with some "science-based" claims. By no means am I bashing religion because I myself have my beliefs but I think that if you want someone to believe in God or a divine power you don't feed them lies or also charge them $135 to find out. I agree that this site is bogus and really shows no credibility but I'm sure people let their curiousity get the better of them and sadly probably spent momey to watch these videos of who knows what.
    Posted by Ana Carolina Nepomuceno

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  8. It reminds me of the debate that took place a few years ago between Bill Nye and a creationist "scientist". While I respect religion and people's beliefs, almost every claim that the creationist believed could be disputed by scientific evidence.
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