I have written a column today that has hopefully made people think. And I have received responses to it.
One of which is far beyond me to respond to- the gist of it is how did the heart evolve without ventricles being there first, and the like.
I do not know. Science is not my strong suit, and I will leave it to people more learned to me to argue on my behalf when you get right down to the nuts and bolts.
I do find it funny though that (and no disrespect meant to anyone) I can be challenged with science when I say I believe in evolution, but the basis of the Creation argument boils down to "some old guy with a beard and long robe waved his magic wand and everything came about".
Sorry, even with my limited science background, I don't see the basis for that in science. I see the basis for it in the Bible, which is a fine book- but not provable. And I am sorry but if Jesus came back today, I am one of those who would want to touch the wounds- I work with logic and logic only. And it is more logical to me that, to steal the words from another column written today, life is an accident that happened (much like spontaneous combustion which as I remember from High School Physics does happen but at the time, they didn't know much of the science about it- I believe it has a logical explanation beyond "God didn't like that person so he ignited them...") that we don't understand yet. As I commented to the other column, we have no concept of the amount of time that passed from the Big Bang (or whatever theory you want to believe in for the start of everything) until life on earth existed- a hundred years is our lifespan which is nothing in the grand scheme of things. Just because we have not discovered life "accidentally beginning" somewhere doesn't mean it is not happening now somewhere on earth (deep in the ocean at the vents?) or somewhere on another planet. And if you want to credit God for it, good for you. And if I want to credit the interaction between various factors- good for me. Until they are able to create life in a lab, I will not be proven right. Until God Himself comes down from the heavens and reveals the secrets, you won't be proven right. And that's the fun of debating.
Again, I apologize if I offend anyone but I work in the world of logic and I have a hard time suspending belief in science and there being an order to things- and evolution overall seems to make more sense to me than the passing over of a magic wand.
-Zjabs (Rochester's Official Columnist)
© 2003 david zjaba - 12/17/03