Sunday, August 21, 2005

Debating Evolution

According to scientists, on December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.15 earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that devastated the shores of the eastern part of the ocean, killing between 170,000 and 250,000 people. An old man of the Moken people of Thailand believes that the wave was created by the spirit of the sea. He believes that "the Big Wave had not eaten anyone for a long time, and it wanted to taste them again." The old man could debate scientists about the cause of the tsunami, but what would be the point? One belief is based on superstition and is born of ignorance, the other is based on observed physical phenomena. It would be as pointless as debating the relative merits of "intelligent design" and evolution.
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