David Attenborough on the Irrationality of Creationists

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David Attenborough, a naturalist and BBC broadcaster, had this to say about creationists:

Every society in the world has found it necessary to produce a story to account for the fact that humanity is on earth. The Australian Aboriginals think that the first humans were regurgitated by a great rainbow serpent in the sky, the people in Thailand think the beginning of the world was a huge pool of milk and a snake was pulled by demons, and the milk coagulated and that formed human beings and there was a time, two and a half to three thousand years ago, when people on the east end of the Mediterranean thought woman was made from the rib of the first man.

If somebody says to me I believe every word of the Bible is true, you can’t argue against that degree of irrationality…there is actually a way of looking at the natural world and seeing the evidence and it’s all there. And what’s more it’s the same evidence whether it’s in Australia or Northern Europe or wherever. It’s all the same—it all produces the same answer and you can all see the evidence—if you reject that then there’s nothing I can say.

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5 Comments

  1. Michael Mock

    “So I asked the Raven as he passed by,
    I said, ‘Tell me Raven, how’d you make the sky?’
    ‘I took the moon and stars and threw them high
    I need someplace to be flying…'”

    Wishing Chair, Wyoming Wind

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  2. Geoff

    PUDDLES

    “This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.”

    ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

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  3. theObserver

    David Attenboroughs famous Life series was ‘sanitised’ for US audiences by stripping references to global warning and replacing his narration with Oprah Winfrey for a more intelligence design friendly approach. That’s like Richard Dawkins ‘The Blind Watchmaker’ documentary being narrated by Ken Ham !

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    1. Angiep

      Thank you for that information. That makes me very angry. Now I will have to try to find the BBC version.

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    2. Geoff

      So actually it was ‘insanitised’

      Reply

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