Personal Feelings Prove Evolutionism
Bill Nye’s personal feelings were a huge part of his argument:
Your claim . . . is, for me, not satisfactory.
and I understand that Mr. Ham has some explanations for that which I frankly find extraordinary
So, that is not enough evidence for me.
You did not, in my view, address fundamental questions.
Then, as far as Noah being an extraordinary shipwright, I’m very skeptical.
but to me, it’s just not reasonable.
And it’s just not reasonable to me
It’s just not reasonable to me
is an extraordinary claim.
I hope you find that troubling. I hope you’re concerned about that.
That, to me, is unsettling, troubling.
It’s a troubling and unsettling point of view
This is very troubling to me.
that is a troubling and remarkable fact
It’s very troubling.
And something I’ve always found troubling.
Basing belief on personal feelings is a fallacy because no matter how troubled, unsettled, astonished, or disbelieving Bill is, his inner feelings don’t affect reality. Here’s another, more subtle, example:
You can prove the age of the earth with great robustness by observing the universe around us. This is to say, nature has its mediocre designs eaten by its good designs, and so, the perception that there’s a designer that created all this is not necessarily true because we have an explanation that is far more compelling
Bill thinks that he can prove the age of the earth with great robustness, and he thinks that he can do it by observing the universe around himself. However, even though Bill is certain about the age of the earth, he didn’t prove it. We call this fallacy “autistic certainty.” Bill bases his certainty on the fallacy of personal conviction. And we know that Bill is using his personal feelings because Bill said his favored story is “far more compelling” but gave no rational reason for his inspired conviction to believe the favored story. Oh, he gave many reasons, but not one of those reasons was rational. Instead, he expressed a feeling that these stories are compelling.
But why does Bill find the favored story more compelling to himself? It’s because Bill has made the favored story part of his worldview, so it seems like reality to him. So, Bill automatically rejects what God says because it doesn’t fit into Bill’s worldview. As God says, “Their senseless minds are darkened.”
We should have good reasons for what we believe. A good reason has a true premise and valid form. Bare assertions prove nothing, and yet most of modern thought is based on bare assertions with smokescreen fallacies giving the illusion that make-believe is reality.
This quote was adapted from Exposing the Nye-Ham Debate, which hasn’t been published yet. The Nye-Ham debate took place at the Creation Museum and focused on creationism versus evolutionism.