Originally created 01/02/01

Got a good laugh from Ledo's latest



On Dec. 23, I read with great delight a letter to the editor from Michael Ledo. I needed a good laugh and this really got my day off to a great start. I guess the question is, "Does it take faith to believe in evolution?" He described faith this way: "Faith is belief in something so absurd you know it is false. Only a lie requires faith."

Let's see: First, all the dust in the universe came together and became compressed into an area perhaps as small as the head of a pin and it caused an explosion from which everything in this vast universe was made. Talk about an absurd statement.

But the big bang "theory" must be a fact because I read it in a science book, I saw it on the Discovery Channel, and a science teacher even told me this is what happened. None of these sources could ever have told me where the dust came from in the first place, but oh well - that part doesn't matter, does it? Evidently belief in science doesn't require an answer to unexplainable questions, just believe what you read, or what's on TV, or what a science teacher tells you.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, a series of random events took place and just the right chemicals came together in the ocean and life was formed. And from this single cell all life forms, from bacteria to dinosaurs and humans evolved. This may sound absurd and science doesn't have to explain how the chemicals were formed or where they came from, but it must be fact, because I read it in a science book, I saw it on the Discovery channel, and a science teacher even told me this is what happened.

His letter never once referred to evolution as a theory but was treated as fact. That in itself is absurd. Even creditable scientists consider evolution to be a theory...

Mr. Ledo makes fun of the "soul saver in a circus tent" but that's where he needs to spend a little time himself.

R.Couch, Martinez



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