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Richard Dawkins on Creationism

Creationism: God’s gift to the ignorant – Weekend Review – Times Online

The creationists’ fondness for “gaps” in the fossil record is a metaphor for their love of gaps in knowledge generally. Gaps, by default, are filled by God. You don’t know how the nerve impulse works? Good! You don’t understand how memories are laid down in the brain? Excellent! Is photosynthesis a bafflingly complex process? Wonderful! Please don’t go to work on the problem, just give up, and appeal to God. Dear scientist, don’t work on your mysteries. Bring us your mysteries for we can use them. Don’t squander precious ignorance by researching it away. Ignorance is God’s gift to Kansas.

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  • John

    Maybe some in Kansas want that. But I think generally Dawkins is mistaken in using the creationists as representative of the larger group of “God-believers”.

    Don’t overlook that the beginnings of math and science was from those who believed in a God that provided an order that could be discovered. Off the top of my head, I think of Newton, Pascal, and Galileo.