I see many posts each week on Science Blogs refuting the latest creationist screed. I generally avoid doing so here, because other people do it better, and because it's so damn frustrating. John Derbyshire sums it up well:
Itâ€™s a wearying business, arguing with Creationists. Basically, it is a game of Whack-a-Mole. They make an argument, you whack it down. They make a second, you whack it down. They make a third, you whack it down. So they make the first argument again. This is why most biologists just canâ€™t be bothered with Creationism at all, even for the fun of it. It isnâ€™t actually any fun. Creationists just chase you round in circles. Itâ€™s boring.
It would be less boring if theyâ€™d come up with a new argument once in a while, but they never do. Iâ€™ve been engaging with Creationists for a couple of years now, and I have yet to hear an argument younger than I am. (I am not young.) All Creationist arguments have been whacked down a thousand times, but they keep popping up again. Nowadays I just refer argumentative e-mailers to the TalkOrigins website, where any argument you are ever going to hear from a Creationist is whacked down several times over. Donâ€™t think itâ€™ll stop â€™em, though.
I don't have time to argue with people who aren't going to approach the problem honestly. I have real work to do.
That's no excuse for abstaining completely though. Outreach is an incredibly important part of science and we need more of it. A scientifically literate population is necessary, so they can understand the benefits that they're getting from the many tax dollars that are invested in research. I plan on doing my part by posting more about interesting science related to my field. Look for that soon.