What is evolution’s foundational selling point to the world at large? Here is Bill Nye (the Science Guy) explaining why we should all believe in evolution. From the transcript:
And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems. It’s just really hard a thing, it’s really a hard thing. You know, in another couple of centuries that world view, I’m sure, will be, it just won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it.
The crux of his argument is Evolution is the future.
He supports this argument with two statements.
First, we need kids who believe in evolution because you can’t be a good engineer or scientist if you don’t believe in evolution —and we need engineers and scientist so the human race can solve the problems its facing. The underlying implication is the human race is facing destruction, that without science, the human race is doomed to oblivion.
Note this is a religious, rather than scientific, belief —a problem is set up in terms of fundamental existence, and a moral solution is offered that provides salvation.
This statement is also a logical fallacy. If you don’t believe in evolution, you can’t be an engineer, or solve hard problems. Belief in evolution is foundational to enlightened thinking; without it, you can’t think, and hence you’re not fit for the future.
Hogwash. The greatest scientists in the world have refused to believe in evolution. Belief in evolution is no indicator of success in building bridges, designing cars, or any other field of engineering.
Second, we need to believe in evolution because all other religions are dying out. You see, “there’s no evidence for them.” Given the total lack of evidence for evolution, and the total lack of evidence that God doesn’t exist, this line of thinking is almost comical in its self contradiction. Science measures things; to claim the unmeasurable doesn’t exist simply because you can’t measure it is just plain silly.
Evolution is not the future, it is simply another religious worldview competing in a sea of religious worldviews. As a worldview, evolution falls flat, failing to explain much of the world around us, even on its own terms. Evolution should be seen for what it is —the failed underpinning of another failed worldview, atheism.