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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Laughing At Creationists

Personally I don't laugh at creationists because I find them creepy and appalling, but YouTube maestro Thunderf00t is laughing at them by producing a series of superb, crystal-clear videos that highlight the frightening stupidity of creationist claims.

Here are three particularly impressive episodes:

"Fun facts" about the evolution of the solar system.

Bogus probability calculations...

The fine-tuning argument (Now with MORE dramatic music and special effects!)

If you have the time, do check out his other cool videos. Pipette tip to Sandwalk.

Would you like to know more?
The Universe was not designed for us


ah said...

Scary that people believe in this stuff. More scarier still to me remains the number of people at A* who ask:

"Do you believe in evolution"
ME:"WTFISTBOFFSBBQ. Is the sky blue?"

Lab Rat said...

We've got a guy here that believes genetic algorithms aren't a valid computational technique because they're based on evolution, which is "just a theory".

He also believes that algorithms from evolutionary robotics should be tossed out in favour of intelligently designed ones.

I kid you not.

ah said...

Really? Holy crap, that's class. You just can't make that sort of stuff up!

"just a theory"

It would all be so amazingly amusing if only it wasn't so serious.

Lim Leng Hiong said...

To AH:

Yup. And that's likely an under-representation since there are closet creationists who won't express their views publicly. Quite worrying...

To Lab Rat:

Wow, evolutionary robotics sounds cool. Do we have such a research group in Singapore?

Lab Rat said...

There's a group in NUS ECE working on this. I'm guessing DSTA/DSO might also have a few hush-hush projects in this area, since evolutionary robotics is a pretty cool and viable technique for designing autonomous vehicle controllers.