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:

It’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 can’t be bothered with Creationism at all, even for the fun of it. It isn’t actually any fun. Creationists just chase you round in circles. It’s boring.

It would be less boring if they’d come up with a new argument once in a while, but they never do. I’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. Don’t think it’ll stop ’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.


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