What if I told you that I could prove that 2 = 1, rendering all of algebra false and meaningless? Check out the work below:
Isn’t that undeniable? Clearly, you can see that by using algebra against itself, I have just proven algebra to be unreliable, because it can give us nonsensical results!
Eh? What’s that you say? Because a = b, that means that a – b = 0, and we can’t divide by zero (a – b)? Therefore I did it wrong?
Can you see where I’m going with this? I’m using the same tactic that creationists use in arguing against evolution, i.e. using what they think are actual claims regarding evolution (or made by the theory of evolution) in order to disprove evolution itself. Or, in general, just using straw-men arguments against evolution and “doing the work wrong”. Somewhere along the line, they fallaciously argue against evolution by making some claim that is either (1) provably false, or (2) something that does not invalidate evolution.
For instance, let’s take the common creationist argument that no case of macro-evolution has ever been observed. Oh, sure, micro-evolution has been observed, and is perfectly acceptable to the more intelligent creationists (and no, that’s not an oxymoron… I don’t think), but macro-evolution? Poppycock! Balderdash! Creationism is always the way!
What they fail to understand is that macro-evolution is simply micro-evolution on a much larger scale, and that if we ever observed one species changing into another over the course of just a few generations, then that would actually disprove evolution. We have yet to find any evidence against evolution. Evolution, like all scientific theories, allows us to make testable predictions about what one would expect to see in related areas. For example, since humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes and apes have 24, scientists predicted that somewhere along the line the fusion of two separate human chromosomes occurred. When we finally went to check, guess what we found?
So when a creationist tries to use fallacious reasoning in order to argue against evolution, instead of using science to disprove the theory, just imagine them committing a horribly wrong error in an algebra problem that ends up showing that 2 somehow equals 1 — it’s not that algebra itself is wrong; it’s their work and thought processes that are wrong.