Someone at Democratic Underground in the skeptics forum posted a quiz that children are encouraged to give to teachers to make them realize that evolution is wrong. I'm posting it here because I thought it might be mildly amusing.
"1. Which evolved first, male or female?"
The first organisms
were (and are) too simple to have sexual differentiation. Once life
became complex enough for that, males and females occurred at the same
time. Obviously. Species evolve, not individuals.
"2. How many
millions of years elapsed between the first male and first female?"
List at least 9 of the false assumptions made with radioactive dating
You list them and allow actual scientists who are not
merely guessing to explain why you are wrong. This is like saying you
have a new knock-knock joke and asking the other person to start.
Scientists who use radioactive dating are aware of the limits of the
various testing methods and adjust their reading of the evidence
"4. Why hasn't any extinct creature re-evolved
after millions of years?"
Extinct creatures do not evolve because
they have stopped fucking.
"5. Which came first:
...the eye sockets,
...the eye lashes,
...the tear ducts,
interpretation of light?"
In which animal? Evolution is not a
step-by-step process. Changes are continuous and there is no planned
end result. So it's eye and neurological perception of light first, all
that other stuff came later since the first "eyes" were nothing more
than a photosensitive spot on the surface of a unicellular critter.
How many millions of years between each in question 5?"
educated in the humanities, I don't know the answer except to say that
complex eyes on complex animals did not happen until some half a billion
"7. If we all evolved from a common ancestor, why
can't all the different species mate with one another and produce
Common ancestor? You want to screw your
cousin don't you! Put a fish and a mosquito together and play Barry
White music and see what happens.
"8. List any of the millions of
creatures in just five stages of its evolution showing the progression
of a new organ of any kind. When you have done this, you can collect the
millions of dollars in rewards offered for proof of evolution!"
Who is offering that reward? Because the reality of evolution has
been conclusively established already. Actually, it can be demonstrated
in one step. A human embryo starts off with gills and then loses them
and develops lungs. These evolutionary steps are well established by
actual biologists who know WTF they are talking about.
"9. Why is
it that the very things that would prove Evolution (transitional forms)
are still missing?"
They aren't. If they were, it would only
prove that we are not very good at finding fossils. The present state
of life proves evolution. In fact evolution has held up as the only
possible explanation no matter what angle one approaches it. Whether it
is geological, genetic, dispersion of similar forms over geography, the
specific anatomy of life forms, behavior of animals or what, evolution
is always verified as the only possible answer. As it is, there are
enough transitional life forms, living and fossilized to prove the case
many times over.
"10. Explain why something as complex as human
life could happen by chance, but something as simple as a coin must have
a creator. (Show your math solution.)"
Human life did not happen
by chance. It was the result of a determinative, but unintelligent
process where random changes that are not helpful to survival are
killed. We see the successes of evolution living in the world. We do
not see the mountains of failures. For a coin, the pictures and writing
tend to give away its human origins. Unless you think there is a natural process that produces the words "United States." 2+2=4.
"11. Why aren't any fossils
or coal or oil being formed today?"
50 vestigial or useless organs or appendages in the human body."
Anyway, many of them can be found in a developing embryo. There's
also the sinus drainage holes that are situated for a horizontal animal.
There's the up-hill digestive tract. There's our undersized lumbar
region designed for a four-footed critter. There's our backward-wired
eyes. There's the tendency to suddenly awake if we dream about falling
(so we don't fall out of the tree.) In other animals, there are the
vestigial back legs of a whale as one clear example. On creationists, I
point to eyes, ears and higher brain functions as useless.
Why hasn't anyone collected the millions of dollars in rewards for proof
Establish that there are millions of dollars of
rewards for proving evolution. If real, I suspect they are offered by
religious groups who will never allow themselves to admit that their
iron age mythology is false.
"14. If life began hundreds of
millions of years ago, why is the earth still under populated?"
not. If you mean why are inhospitable places uninhabited, then I ask why the gods have not created plants or animals that can thrive in those places. In reality, some places in the world and probably the universe are just more suitable for the series of chemical reactions we call life than others.
"15. Why hasn't evolution duplicated all species on all
Why would it? The question indicates a profound
failure to understand how evolution works. If that happened it might
lend some credence to divine direction. Since changes are random and
there is no overall plan for how critters are supposed to turn out.
Also, conditions that direct natural selection are different all over
the world and favor different adaptations. Why are there no penguins in
SE Asian jungles? They are adapted for a different environment.