Evolution and the Argument from beauty
Okay boys and girls this time we will unmask the mistakes behind this meme which tries to explain away all the beauty inherent in God's good creation. Here's a closer look:
This meme foolishly uses a technique of misdirection, challenging you to come up with items of beauty that evolution can't explain. The goal: to pre-sell you on the idea that any instance of beauty you come up with will display some "evolutionary benefit" as they like to call it. But it's a failed gambit. First because as we'll see evolution cannot explain beauty; but on the other hand beauty is evidence of God. Second because the meme is based on a number of related, and easily identified logical fallacies: Selective Attention and Suppressed Evidence among them. Call it what you will, they are all forms of misdirection. However once examples of beauty are given that provide no evolutionary benefit, it's painfully clear how silly and vacuous the argument is. Consider:
Who will argue the beauty of Saturn, backlit by the sun as seen from Cassini?
Or the beauty of the recent eclipse that crossed
Mathematicians will tell you that certain equations, like Einstein's theory of relativity are beautiful:
Which points to three conclusions that kill any
hope of evolution having power to explain the origin and application of abstract concepts like
The answer to the question of why are some things beautiful while others are not - particularly when they provide no evolutionary benefit - is simple: Beauty is often an element of design. Thus the designer has given us an ability to appreciate the beauty he's built into his creation. So when you recognize beauty, you are recognizing the care, love and exquisite craftsmanship God has built into his creation. You are recognizing how he was manipulated abstract elements like form, patterns, sequence and symmetry to create things that don't happen by chance; but whose existence show the care of a loving creator. Such ability to recognize beauty is no accident, it was put there by the design and purpose of a loving creator. Thus the argument for the existence of God based on beauty (the argument from beauty) is a special case of the argument from design. That's why particle physicist and Anglican priest John Polkinghorne can say, "I think that when we encounter very deep beauty, whether it's beauty in music or something like that, or whether it's beauty in the scientific account of the order and fruitfulness of the world, then it's difficult for us not think there's some mind and purpose behind it." It's also why we don't attribute the beauty such as from music or math to random processes.
Before I close I leave you with one more example of beauty evolution can't explain - poetry. The poem below, though told by a character from Shakespeare, is not a work of Shakespeare, it is my own. But I trust some will find some beauty in it. And even if not; it points to a world of literature by the bard himself - poems and plays that literary scholars call among the most beautiful ever produced. A word of caution however: If you ever find yourself thrown to the wild beasts in an arena, or in a literal sea full of sharks, be warned: being able to recognize the beauty in such poetry will not help your chances of survival against the wild beasts - regardless of what the evolutionists tell you.
A MidSummer's Night Evolutionary
Duane Caldwell | posted September 30, 2017
This is the fifth in the Series "Unmasking
Mistakes in Memes of Evolution"
UnMasking Mistakes in Memes of Evolution – Part 1
1 Clara Moskowitz, "The 11 Most Beautiful
Mathematical Equations", LiveScience, February 10, 2017,
2. Here I'm
speaking of macro-evolution, molecules to man evolution, bacterial to
biologist evolution. Evolutionists will try to claim evolution has been
observed, but they're speaking of micro-evolution - mere variation -
like the changes in the size of finch beaks that Darwin observed. That
is not the evolution in view here. For more on the difference between
micro and macroevolution, see my article, "Microevolution - Dispelling
the Myths and Misconceptions",
3.For more on why
evolution can't explain the origin of Language, see my article
more on evolution's problem with morality, see my article: "The Moral
Argument - Revealer of Hypocrites",
Einstein's Theory of Relativity - Text by Duane Caldwell