Religion: The Evolutionists Greatest Nightmare Is...
According to this very, very important video, bananas are the crippling arguement against evolution. Kirk Cameron and his lovely assistant explain just how anti-intellectual evolution is.
It's a fantasticly inaccurate rendition of what science is, what evolution is, and a rewording of the incredibly tired "watchmaker" arguement. Here's the crux of their banana "proof":
Bananas fit a human hand perfectly. The peel is an easy-to-grip surface, there is an outward indicator of its preparedness to eat (green, yellow, or brown), it has a handy "tab" on top for opening, and (here's the kicker) "it's pointed at the tip for ease of entry; just the right shape for the human mouth ... and curved toward the face to make the whole process so much easier."
Hallelujah! Can I get an A-MEN?
Even beyond that, they use the usual "what about the eye, then?" arguement, but then things get really silly: they point out that (for instance) a building is proof of a builder, so everything else must be as well.
You can watch the rest of the video for a bit of a chuckle if you want, but the legalese "debate" with a self-professed athiest on the street is painful - the person they chose clearly hadn't bothered considering his spirituality at all, and a bit of spurious logic ("You don't know everything, so how can you know there is no God? Ha ha!") is too much for his mind to handle.
Allow me to perform three simple rebuts:
Point 1) The banana is shaped perfectly for human consumption.
Reply: Which is why humans consume them. The sample banana he uses has been specially selected (Intelligently Chosen?) as the kind that has the best market appeal in shape and colour, so that's what ends up on our market shelves. There are other types of banana which do NOT have the design, colour or flavour of the ones he has in hand. Why does he not discuss those? Also, can this statement be used when describing, say, a kumquat? Or pistachios? Or edible grubs? Or nori? And it does make me wonder why they didn't mention the first creature people think of when they think of bananas. You'd almost think they were afraid of something...
Point 2) Eyeballs are astoundingly complex.
Reply: SO IS EVERYTHING ELSE! The existence of an eye is no more amazing than the existence of a fingernail, and frankly isn't as imressive as wheat seeds that can be sealed away in clay jars, lost for 500 years, and still be viable when planted. Within that simple seed is the mechanism to create a full grown plant, and from there more plants that will grow whether humans notice or not. There are bacteria that can actually borrow traits from other nearby bacteria, and do it so quickly that within hours there will have evolved completely new and different strains whether humans notice or not. There are spiders whose toxin is so astoundingly poisonous that they could kill a human, but whose jaws are so tiny, they could never bite one.
Life, all life, goes with what works - period. There is no need for a tiny spider to have such potent venom, but it works, so the spider continues. Humans would be better off with night vision as good as the average house cat, or a sense of smell as good as my dog, but we haven't needed those traits, so they didn't develop.
Point 3) A building has to be built by "an intelligence", so everything else must, too.
Reply: I'll type slowly so you can follow along: there is a difference between organic and inorganic things, okay? Bricks, cement and I-beams are inorganic, and not alive; humans, sunflowers and finches are organic and thus alive. [Correction - see below] Organic things will develop traits over time that help them survive whatever factors are acting upon them in their enviroment; inorganic things don't. That there are Innuit in the arctic does not mean that the arctic was built for them, but rather they evolved to match their enviroment. Just ask the penguins living (and thriving) at Wayne Newton's mansion in Las Vegas if they would rather be there or back by the south pole.
Added Bonus Point) You don't know everything in the universe, so you don't know there isn't a God, ergo there is a God (and He's Christian).
Reply: You must be frikin' joking me. That also "proves" that purple dragons are at the centre of black holes (since I don't know everything about black holes), a giant pickle rules the seas (since I don't know everything about either pickles or seas), and if anyone ever manages to count all the stars the universe will come to an end (since I don't know everything about the end of the universe).
Maybe you all should get back to me once you've figured out what burden of proof means, okay?
I'll be waiting.