November 29th, 2008at 03:11pm Posted by Eli
You know, if I were a Creationist/Intelligent Design nut trying to convince people that God exists, I wouldn’t bother with the axis of Elvis. I wouldn’t blather on about how perfectly designed bananas are, or the fact that life does not spontaneously generate in peanut butter jars (no, seriously, WTF?) as if that somehow proves something.
No, if I wanted to argue the case for some kind of blatantly obvious divine intervention, I would choose water. More specifically, the fact that unlike just about everything else, water is denser in liquid form than solid. If it weren’t, oceans and rivers and lakes would freeze from the bottom up, because the ice couldn’t to rise to the top to be warmed and thawed. With a good chunk of their volume frozen, the oceans’ temperature-regulating capabilities would be pretty seriously reduced as well.
Earth has a relatively temperate climate and healthy biodiversity largely because of this one simple quirk of fate. I’m not religious, but if I wanted to make a case for the existence of God, water is where I’d start. (Granted, it doesn’t really address evolution one way or the other, but the fundies are calling peanut butter and bananas “The Atheist’s Nightmare,” not “The Evolutionist’s Nightmare.” Or “Elvis’s Nutritionist’s Nightmare.”)