Thursday, March 09, 2006

Evolution in The Jewish Press

The Jewish Press has been hosting an intense debate in its Letters to the Editor section about the scientific viability of evolution (I, II, III, IV, V).

Basically, it's a bunch of amateurs who have decided that they know enough to debunk the experts. This is what happens when you don't read Hirhurim. Had they read the post on pseudo-science, these writers might have realized that someone who is not an expert on this subject who tries to disprove an expert is like someone who does not know how to learn quoting a few sources and arguments to dispute a talmid hakham. You end up looking foolish to anyone "in the know" and the only point you make is that you reach conclusions without understanding the issues.

I have much more respect for someone who says "Evolution conflicts with my religious beliefs so I'll reject it and assume that it will eventually be disproven" than someone who reads one or two popular books on the subject and says "Those foolish scientists don't know what they're talking about."

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