Joined: May 2006
Josh McDowell famously said:
|“Now here is the problem,” said McDowell, “going all the way back, when Al Gore invented the Internet [he said jokingly], I made the statement off and on for 10-11 years that the abundance of knowledge, the abundance of information, will not lead to certainty; it will lead to pervasive skepticism. And, folks, that’s exactly what has happened. It’s like this. How do you really know, there is so much out there… This abundance [of information] has led to skepticism. And then the Internet has leveled the playing field [giving equal access to skeptics].”|
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It does appear that atheism has at least gained energy from the internet, but not so clear that it has especially gained much for science or shown much more than that a lot of them aren't much better than fundamentalists. Not that I care, I'm just godless, not really concerned about others' godlessness.
Still, I like to see McDowell at least scared of the internet. WTF does he really know, though? I don't know, it may be that the less ignorant tards really might have a better handle on whether or not the web is a serious weapon against their ignorance, however it'll never be easy to trust what they say.
Then there's the question of snark about creationism/ID by commenters really has any effect, even IF the web overall diminishes the tard. Sure, the information about evolution is out there, it's just that good information coming from universities and places like Talkorigins might be the real powerhouses, not sport had at the expense of tards.
What I think is likely the case is that politicians contemplating the value to their careers of mandating the Dark Ages probably do fear the gibes and contempt of net denizens. Plus, I rather suspect that the possible impact of a travesty like Expelled was diminished by the fisking it took on the internets, especially since it was so Godwinesque and generally stupid twaddle.
On the whole there seems little possible downside to exposing the idiocy of ID/creationism, but it's still not so clear that there's a whole lot of upside, either.
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of coincidence---ID philosophy