Ann Coulter Letter

The Flash Mob Mentality of Scientific Inquiry

The definition of hell is being condescended to by idiots. It will probably be MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Contessa Brewer sneering at you for all of eternity for not believing in evolution. 

Roughly one-third of my 2007 No. 1 New York Times best-seller, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” is an attack on liberals’ creation myth, Darwinian evolution. I presented the arguments of all the luminaries in the field, from the retarded Richard Dawkins to the brilliant Francis Crick, and disputed them. 

But apparently liberals didn’t want to argue back. 

Despite Matthews’ obsessive fixation on the topic, manifested by his constantly asking elected Republicans if they believe in evolution, in a one-hour interview with me on “Godless” — the very book that is chockablock with attacks on Darwinism — Matthews didn’t ask me a single question about the subject. 

No liberal did. Matthews doesn’t even know what evolution is. 

Just a year later, at a 2008 Republican presidential candidates’ debate, Matthews asked for a show of hands of who believed in evolution. No discussion permitted! That might allow scientific facts, rather than schoolyard taunts, to escape into the world. 

Evolution is the only subject that is discussed exclusively as a “Do you believe?” question with yes-or-no answers. How about conservative journalists start putting mikes in front of liberal candidates and demanding, “Do you believe in the Bible — yes or no?” “Is an unborn baby human — yes or no?” and “Do you believe teenagers should have sex — yes or no?” 

This is the flash mob method of scientific inquiry. Liberals quickly surround and humiliate anyone who disagrees with them. They are baffled when appeals to status (which would work on them) don’t work on everyone else. 

Now that Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has said there are “gaps” in the theory of evolution — or “gas” as The New York Times originally reported, before issuing a correction — we’re in for another round of fact-free mocking of fundamentalist nuts. 

In fact, however, it has not been advances in Christianity (which is pretty much settled), but in science that have completely discredited Darwin’s theory of evolution. 

This week, we will consider one small slice of the mountain of scientific evidence disproving this mystery religion from the Victorian age. 

Most devastating for the Darwiniacs were advances in microbiology since Darwin’s time, revealing infinitely complex mechanisms requiring hundreds of parts working together at once — complex cellular structures, DNA, blood-clotting mechanisms, molecules, and the cell’s tiny flagellum and cilium. 

Darwin’s theory was that life on Earth began with single-celled life forms, which by random mutation, sex and death, would pass on the desirable mutations, and this process, over billions of years, would lead to the creation of new species. 

The (extremely generous) test Darwin set for his theory was this: “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” 

Thanks to advances in microscopes, thousands of such complex mechanisms have been found since Darwin’s day. He had to explain only simple devices, such as beaks and gills. If Darwin were able to come back today and peer through a modern microscope to see the inner workings of a cell, he would instantly abandon his own theory. 

It is a mathematical impossibility, for example, that all 30 to 40 parts of the cell’s flagellum — forget the 200 parts of the cilium! — could all arise at once by random mutation. According to most scientists, such an occurrence is considered even less likely than John Edwards marrying Rielle Hunter, the “ground zero” of the impossible. 

Nor would each of the 30 to 40 parts individually make an organism more fit to survive and reproduce, which, you will recall, is the lynchpin of the whole contraption. 

As Michael Behe, biochemist and author of “Darwin’s Black Box,” explains, even a mechanism as simple as a three-part mousetrap requires all three parts to be working together at once. Otherwise, you don’t get a mousetrap that catches half as many mice — and thus might win a survival of the fittest competition — you don’t get a mousetrap at all. 

The more we have learned about molecules, cells and DNA — a body of knowledge some refer to as “science” — the more preposterous Darwin’s theory has become. DNA is, as Bill Gates says, “like a computer program, but far, far more advanced than any software we’ve ever created.” (Plus DNA doesn’t usually crash when you’re right in the middle of reproducing.) 

Evolution fanatics would rather not be called on to explain these complex mechanisms that Darwin himself said would disprove his theory. 

Instead they make jokes about people who know the truth. They say that to dispute evolution means you must believe man walked with dinosaurs. 

Galileo’s persecutors probably had some good guffaws about him believing in Fred Flintstone. 

This is why the brighter Darwiniacs end up sounding like Scientologists in order to cling to their mystery religion. 

Crick, winner of the Nobel Prize for his co-discovery of DNA, hypothesized that highly intelligent extraterrestrials sent living cells to Earth on an unmanned spaceship, a theory he set forth in his 1981 book, “Life Itself.” 

Thus was God narrowly averted! 

But Crick’s solution obviously begs the question: How did the highly intelligent extraterrestrials evolve? 

Harvard population biologist Richard Lewontin said the Darwiniacs tolerate “unsubstantiated just-so stories” of evolution and ignore “the patent absurdity of some of its constructs” because they are committed to coming up with a theory that excludes God. “We cannot,” Lewontin said, “allow a divine foot in the door.” 

Maybe if we called the Intelligent Designer “Louis Vuitton” to avoid frightening the Godphobics, they’d finally admit the truth: Modern science has disproved Darwinian evolution. 

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  • tiggus

    Because it is up to the lay reader to get in the know instead of being spoon fed. Texts are literally at our finger-tips now. And for those who have not the means at their fingertips, there is the library, or Amazon, and many trade-offs to get the materials to read (oh, the Poor!).

    I addressed (1859, not 1959, was On the Origin of Species; the later publication addressed people) the main point: science is an epistemology (a way of knowing) that addresses measurable material phenomena — things we can see (or make instruments to see), feel, taste, hear, etc.; it cannot measure thoughts in the head, is not intended to, and should not be used to try to measure the intentions of a creator (under what criteria?).

    Religion, as it addresses immeasurable things like faith and the beliefs of all cultures (explaining material and other phenomena) is better positioned to address “intentions”.

    In Lett’s terms (Lett 1989, “The Human Enterprise: A Critical Introduction to Anthropological Theory”), compatable, incommensurable, complementary)…. Read, folks.

    That is it in a nutshell. No need to address anything anything else.

  • tiggus

    You completely ignored my other point; who cares about darwin (not those of us as one time grad students who were researching — he was a historical figure, like I mentioned, who had particular insight in his time, but much has come to the surface given refining of techniques to gather and measure that data which is measurable under the scientific epistemology).

    B-dee B-dee B-dee…

  • roncornelius

    I, too, have a brother who has Down’s Syndrome. Please name any servere disability you might have, Ann, so we can identify you by that disability rather than who you really are.

  • tiggus

    I am fascinated by who or what a “Darwinian” is. Your circles are making me dizzy they are so tautological. You missed my point, windbag.

  • tiggus

    Quand on est bete… c’est pour toujours.

  • Guest

    So sorry to learn your dog has a thpeech impediment.

  • tiggus

    There are shelves and shelves of data. Instead of trying to be some sort of pseudo-intellectual, why don’t you bone up on the issue (all sides) so you can debate about it instead of… what are you trying to say, anyway? Good grief. The mind boggles (and you missed my point).

  • AFR2

    Nyuk.

    Well over three years to formulate a response and all ewe can do is throw a hissy snit devoid of substance and direction.

    Just like a lefty to steer 90 degrees and dissolve into histrionics.

    Guess I need to rescind the reference to intellectual firepower and bestow it upon someone with a brain they know how to use.

    And I thought Gilligan’s professor died — the jeenyus who couldn’t fix a boat or design a new one.

    Darwin WAS right about some people descending, rather than ascending, from apes.

    Three years for that rambling poot? LOL.

    I guess I’ll hear from you in another three years.