Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rare Creatures and Oxymorons






















A colleague showed me these photos. The next predictable conversation ensued:
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me: "you heard of genetic mutations?"
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colleague: "yes, of course"
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me: "you know of the theory of evolution and natural selection?"
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colleague furrowed his eyebrows, said: "yes, it's by this guy, whatshisname...Newton?"
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me: "Darwin, Charles Darwin"
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colleague: "yes, I heard of it"
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me slyly probing further: "you think it might be true?"
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colleague ending the conversation by pushing his swivel chair away: "A'oozo Bellah (God forbids), it's not logical..."

9 comments:

Maysaloon said...

"Pot, Kettle, Black"

DUBAI JAZZ said...

sorry Maysaloon, I don't do pot.

thanks, though. smoke one for me; and while you're at it, please help me with this: name me at least one of the species shown above. It'd be real helpful indeed.

Maysaloon said...

Not that this is what I was talking about, but maybe you should, you might make a bit more sense in some of your posts. As for the species, off the top of my head I can see a coconut crab from St Martin, a Narwhal, an echidna and an angora rabbit. Clearly not a fan of David Attenborough are we?

Dubai Jazz said...

L.M.A.O!

"Clearly not a fan of David Attenborough are we?"

What's that? a new species?

"Not that this is what I was talking about,"

You give yourself too much credit; did you really think I'd take your standard-issue ad hominem commentary seriously? come on man, attention whore much?

KJ said...

Your friend needs to understand that evolution cannot happen if there is no "base" template to start off from. So unless that template has been created the evolution can't begin.

Allie said...

Oh, I love that Axolotl salamander. They're one of my favourite creatures. Just beautiful and so unusual.

As for the "Pot, Kettle, Black" part, it's an abbreviated version of the idiom, "the pot calling the kettle black." Or in other words, an accusation of hypocrisy. I'm only mentioning it because you replied that you didn't smoke pot, so I wasn't sure if you were familiar w/ the idiom.

Dubai Jazz said...

Hi KJ, you're right. But there was no way to even continue the conversation. For some people it's a forgone conclusion evolution is a blasphemous tale.

Dubai Jazz said...

Hi Allie, glad to see you here.

I know about the idiom :) Hence my reference to ad hominem commentary.

Allie said...

Ah. Seems I should pay more attention, DJ. :) I totally missed that part, or I'd have realised you knew it.

Regardless, beautiful creatures you've posted there. I find it sad that so many have troubling reconciling their belief in God w/ the idea that natural selection is a very real thing. Hard to imagine why both can't function in tandem.