Thursday, December 11, 2008

Isn't science great?

I just finished reading an article in December's issue of Scientific American magazine about the evolution of bats. Based on a recent discovery of what is currently the earliest known bat fossil, which has wings but not the right bones for echolocation, researchers determined that bats evolved flight before they evolved echolocation. This had been a topic of debate for quite some time, and is one of Ray Comfort's constant challenges to people who think science is useful; "Well, which one evolved first, X or Y? If you don't know, then the god of the Bible must have done it! ... Proof? I don't need any proof! You're going to hell!"

As I was reading the article, I was thinking it's great that I adhere to a way of thinking that is constantly making progress, learning more and more, solving more mysteries. I'd hate to be one of those pitiful, stupid bastards who cling to their unchanging holy books written thousands of years ago, desperately looking for information or answers that they haven't found before. I can think of at least one holy book that thinks bats are a kind of bird. We've made quite a lot of progress since then.

Good work, science!

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