Rachel Johnson

Atheist Blogger- the godlessvagina / Podcaster the pink atheist

Evolution, Why Is It So Hard To Understand?

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You would think talking to a religious person that you just found a foreign language that stumps them. It seems like a flawed and impossible thing to have happened. Just talk to a creationist. Their questions will always go to the same standby. “How did life start?” “How can something come from nothing?” “I did not come from apes!”

If you have ever been in a biology class you can pick out the creationists, they are the ones in a hurry to get through the course, and not really learn anything from it. In fact if you ask them about biology shortly after, they will not have much to say. That is because they went home and wiped their slate clean, and filled in every blank with god did it. It is a chore to combat this kind of ignorance. With the mentality that a structured class room is creating fiction to give to kids in the place of god. It seems many Americans now equate science with atheism. Yet these Americans never blink an eye when we don’t use mathematics and include him. It seems only one area of science has to come under fire. The one which guides students to use their higher brains. To step away from the pre-wired circuitry of a theist mentality.

The problem with most religious people is that we are right. They say around one hundred years ago the Republicans were for science. Probably hoping we would find god with our research. Yet science does not care one way or the other if we find god. It only cares that we find the truth. Sure sometimes we have been tricked, or there have been errors. Just look at the LHC last year. Turns out a loose sensor wire caused results making it look like neutrinos go faster than the speed of light. The Physicists working at the LHC released the data and asked for it to be checked. We applaud them. They did the right thing. Then they went looking to see if there was a mistake, and found it. Now that is quality science. That is how we maintain high standards, and get results based on them. It is called ethics, and morally we are bound to use the best and most accurate evidence for progressing forward. That is unparalleled to what religion teaches.

The blind faith preached by religious people everywhere, actually closes down neural reasoning. There is a reason a preacher has a flock, mindless sheep will follow you anywhere. And has their religion changed in two thousand years, according to them, no. Nor has it changed in fourteen hundred years for Islam. That kind of stagnation would be a scary thought for scientists. As it was in the dark ages. When men grew tired of the same stagnant responses for life’s origin. When Van Leeuwenhoek created his first microscope and looked at millions of tiny organisms for the first time, the future of humanity changed. When Pasteur discovered that they created disease, and concocted the first vaccines humanity stepped forward once again.  The discoveries that came in the late 1700’s and through the 1800’s forever altered the course of our planet and brought us out of an era which is notorious for witch burnings, blood letting, leaches, plagues, and deaths by the millions.

During the dark ages humans warred, and they were superstitious to a monumental degree, the disastrous amounts of diseases cropping up devastated populations. Poverty was highly disproportionate, and many people died of starvation. It was an era without hope, when man was at his bitter worst. It was during this time we hardly hear of any inventions, or forward movement. Though religion tries to claim a significant role in the ending of the dark ages.  Galileo  was working under church authority, in his explorations. As Da Vinci was hosted by the pope while he worked. However; the moment that Galileo discovered a true understanding of the universe, which was contrary to the churches ideas, he was tried for heresy. Just as in the case of Da Vinci, who was a skeptic, when he was found to be dissecting corpses who were good Christians, not just sinners he was told to leave the Vatican, and never return.

So, the great thing is evolution is still going on around us. Just last week a report about a blood sucking moth came out. Now, no one has to be ecstatic about that guy. After all, we have plenty of mosquito’s. Another evolutionary change in our time is elephants being born without tusks.  Evolution always has a tricky way of producing an alteration that continues the species, if it has more potential for survival. Hooray evolution. Another event during our time was an experiment done on E-coli. Twelve tubes, and twenty years, and a new tube every day. All of the ancestral tubes were saved. Over time one colony of the E-coli evolved to use citric acid. Which meant they had to turn on three genes to do it. Yea E-coli. It also meant looking to see if others colonies had expressed the genes to utilize citric acid. Some had, but they had turned on the second or third gene making it useless, since only the complete gene sequence can allow for the use of the citric acid. Only when the primary gene turned on and then subsequent genes, did it serve the colony. The mutation occurred in not just a few members of the colony, but the majority showing once the gene became active, the bacteria using it could populate to dominant proportions.

Evolution is a beautiful process, one worth giving the awe, and admiration it deserves. It is not something to just be dismissed by dogmatic people who want their floaty sky god to be the one responsible for everything. It is a process that has to happen in a fully functional world. If we did not evolve there would be a stagnation to us eventually. After all our planet is living, changing,  and adapting around us. We too must change and adapt for the good of our species. If there was a god and they did not see the value in evolution well, they would be useless anyway. After all, global warming is part of our planet. So is global cooling. So is over and under population. Growth and death, and all the other changes. Mutation has been a highly beneficial factor in the survival of millions of species and it has also been responsible for the change in dominant species.

Evolution is not hard to understand, and is a needed process. We have to enjoy our world as it is, and as it changes. The most beautiful thing is, if you stood really still for a thousand years you could see species change,not drastically, but in small amounts. You would see species go extinct, and others taking their place. You could watch all the changes in our world as volcano’s create new land, and earthquakes reshape it. It can be a hard and terrible thing to live on this planet, but who would give up the chance? After all every sunset is one you will never see the same way, and every day really is a new one. There is a beautiful dance going on in this world, and in the cosmos around it. All of this thanks to evolution. From the first bit of matter evolving into a star, to the massive universe around us. We would be lost without evolution, in fact we would have never found ourselves searching for ourselves.

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Author: Rachel Johnson

I am a writer about atheist issues. Separation of the church and state. Women and their right to choose, and sex. I talk about all of the "taboos" of modern life as well as evolution and science.

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