Monday, August 31, 2009

"Evolve!"




Well it was bound to happen at some point!

Last week, while stuck in traffic, I stared at the SUV in front of me, and spotted my first
Darwin fish!

"Be still my beating heart!"


Denyse O'Leary (or someone else; I can't remember) once asked (and I'm paraphrasing here): "Has anyone bothered to ask why a fish would need feet? Doesn't a fish with feet seem rather...odd...and pointless?"


Wait...Pointless, pretentious, and wrong? Yep, sounds exactly like Darwinism!

-Todd


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's be honest. This site is an internet ghost town.

And while I disagree with almost every single thing you write (I'm an atheist), it's very interesting stuff (besides your haughty and triumphant attitude).

It deserves more traffic even if a lot of the ideas are flawed, insightful but flawed.

How to increase your traffic? Get rid of all those stupid ads. Stop talking about your novel so much. Streamline the site in a new template, it's a real eyesore. Get rid of the Followers because it's just advertisement for how few peopole read this blog. Consider disallowing comments until you get more readers.

ANd most importantly: start commenting on other sites besides VFR. You need to get your name out there on similar sites.

Todd White said...

Thanks, Anonymous. I appreciate your honest feedback. 2 follow-up questions: Why do you find my current template to be an "eyesore" and what template would you recommend as a replacement?

Also, not that it matters (but since you brought it up), with the exception of a few friends, no one knew about this website until about 2 weeks ago. I deliberately waited until my book was published to begin the process of actively trying to draw Internet traffic to my site. So, yes, while - comparatively speaking - my site is an "Internet ghost town," I think it's reasonable to expect that will change soon.

Kilroy said...

I am often asked by secularists why I don't believe in evolution. Well, I ask them back: "why do you ask whether I believe in it? Is it an article of faith to you?"

As an aside, I'm happy to accept evolution without doubting the existence of God. God's face moved over the seas. God's hands are evident in all laws of nature. Why should evolution be excluded from this? In other words, I accept science and its paradigms as a divine product, much the same way we are His creation too... but I digress.

Todd White said...

Thanks for your comment, Kilroy.

You wrote, "I'm happy to accept evolution without doubting the existence of God."

I have no problem with your statement, per se (since the term "evolution" is - unfortunately for all of us - quite vague).

Darwinism, on the other hand, is a SPECIFIC form of "evolution" - a form that - once a person accepts it - almost inevitably leads to atheism (at least among those of us who are intellectually honest).

I like the way Denyse O'Leary once phrased it: "There is no conflict between faith and science. But there IS an irreconcilable conflict between Christianity and Darwinism."

For more on this topic, see my essay, "Life is About Choices."

http://mustardseednovel.blogspot.com/2009/05/life-is-about-choices.html

Kilroy said...

I do not have the benefit of having yet read your essay, however if what you're saying is true (i.e. that there is no conflict between God and science, but there is between Christianity and Darwinism), then one can naturally conclude that Darwinism isn't scientific but political in its essence.

Todd White said...

Kilroy: You wrote, "One can naturally conclude that Darwinism isn't scientific but political in its essence."

Yes, I think that's the situation today. Well-put.

Kilroy said...

In that case, the best way to counter Darwinist claims to rationalism and allegations of our ulterior motives, is to plainly point out that they are a political movement that has hijacked scientific rhetoric for political gain.

Todd White said...

Possibly, Kilroy. I'd need to think about that. I think the word "political" might confuse people. After all, Darwinists can be found on both the conservative and liberals sides of the political spectrum. But I like your train of thought. Let me mull it over.

Kilroy said...

I'm interested in your book, by the way. Catcher in the Rye is one of my favourite novels and I've read it about a dozen times. I haven't read Atlas Shrugged as I've always been turned off Ayn Rand due to her Libertarianism (I'm a Traditionalist Conservative). But if you've written something like Catcher in the context of the present Western Global Crisis, I would like to get my hands on a copy. Can it be purchased by bank cheque?

Todd White said...

Kilroy:

I’m actually a big Ayn Rand fan. Even if you disagree with her on major issues (whether it’s because she’s a libertarian or an atheist or whatever), she’s such a strong, passionate advocate for reason that – to the extent that the reader adopts her love of reason – it definitely helps to clarify a person’s thinking and improve their judgment. That’s why I recommend Atlas Shrugged. Indeed, it’s probably my favorite fiction book.

Also, thank you for your interest in MY book. Yes, I would describe it as something like Catcher within the context of the present Global Crisis.

If you’d like to purchase a copy through cheque, I would recommend sending me your mailing address (you can contact me at mustardseednovel@gmail.com). I’ll have the publisher send you a copy using my author discount (it’ll be about $8.50 plus shipping). Then, when you receive the book, I’ll include a note with MY mailing address, so you can send me a check. Sound good? Let me know if you have any questions.

Todd White said...

Also, I should probably mention that the major online booksellers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.) have my book in stock, so if they take cheques (and I don't know if they do), then you can simply purchase my book there the way you would do any item.

http://www.amazon.com/Mustard-Seed-Story-Life-Faith/dp/1598589148/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247060292&sr=1-1

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Mustard-Seed/Todd-White/e/9781598589146