July 10, 2009

Yeagley’s thickheaded view of race and evolution

from the Bad Eagle journal

Today, Bad Eagle dot org thought we’d take a look at David Yeagley’s peculiar brand of “reasoning” that seems to lead him to rather “interesting” conclusions albeit faulty ones. Much of the piano doctor’s blogger efforts revolve around race preservation for a mythical subset of beings called “whites” which of course do not really exist. Looking at the question from an evolutionary standpoint however, all humans are mixed, and any assertion of a pure “white race” is unsupported and unfounded speculation.

"No wonder nobody will play with you
if you insist on being white all the time."
YEAGLEY — “Is there a reason for race? We humans come in several varieties. Why? Is one better than another? What is the real function of race? I developed a course called “Psychology of Race” in 1997 for Oklahoma State University-OKC. It was a 2000-level course, designed to account for the existence of race and thereby to understand its purpose” (2003).
After reading this statement above, it’s no wonder Yeagley was fired from teaching anyplace. The ignorance of science shown above is astounding. Race, if there is such a thing (which is open to serious debate) would necessarily be the resultant product of a long evolutionary process of breeding by selection. In our case, nature was doing the breeding, not humanity, thereby defining this long hereditary process as “natural selection” as opposed to some other form of purposeful breeding. In other words, nature did it, and it seriously has no real purpose other than the hereditary continuation of life. To posit a “purpose” for race, ignores the basic understandings of science and evolution.
YEAGLEY — “I surveyed creation myths of the different cultures in the world, and also considered the basic scientific version of natural origins. I presented evolution as just the latest theory of origins. I thought logic suggested those humans who lived much earlier than we, obviously lived closer to whatever the origins were. They should have had a better idea of how things came about, or at least an idea to be considered equally valid as any that we now concoct” (2003).

This next statement above is completely laughable, and in fact I did laugh out loud when I read it. Again, Yeagley exhibits a fundamental lack of understanding in both logical thinking and evolutionary science. The so-called “theory” of evolution is actually an undisputed fact in normal conversation, it is only a theory in the scientific sense. In science, all posits of fact are theories because they are all subject to verification and peer review even if the evidence overwhelmingly supports the hypothesis.

For example, from a scientific view, it would be a “theory” that water boils at a consistent temperature, under a consistent barometric pressure and altitude. The exact tempertaure of boiling water is a fact, of course, but in scientific terms it’s labeled a “theory” even though it’s provable maybe 99.99% of the time. In other words, the evidence is so overwhelming that the temperature of boiling water is treated as a certainty — a fact.

Similarly, evolution is an overwhelmingly proven fact. Yeagley has mixed up a commonplace understanding of the word “theory” with the more rigorous scientific use of that term, without even realizing it. No wonder he was “let go.”
YEAGLEY — “St. Paul quotes Moses ... The reason for different nations (races and cultures) is to keep man separated, so ‘that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him and find him.’ ... But race does have a divine purpose. We should seek to fulfill that. To toy with race like we do, seems ominous to me ... so why make such desperate efforts to bring together that which God has declared separate, like race?” (2003).

Above, we finally see the crux of Yeagley’s imagination regarding race, that it is a theological and biblical “religious” category, not a biological or evolutionary consideration as in scientific inquiry. What Yeagley asserts is almost entirely bad science and unsupported religious proselytizing. No wonder his blog is suffering from inactivity, infighting and political marginalization. Yeagley has simply made his already mythical identity into something even more irrelevant. So long Bad Eagle.

July 2, 2009

Yeagley an acorn fallen close to tree

Some weird stuff is happening in Oklahoma. Weird attitudes, out-of-step moralism, and ultra-wacko social policing. It appears that Yeagley's nut has not fallen far from the tree. Check out this latest bit of wacko-jacko news. I'd like to see Yeagley try to survive in a big cosmopolitan city like San Francisco! Welcome to the big bad world David.


A resolution introduced in the Oklahoma legislature by GOP State Rep. Sally Kern blames the nation's economic woes on gay pride celebrations, lack of public prayer, abortion and "debauchery."

Dr. Ed Buckner, president of American Atheists, said that the bizarre claim "betrays not only intellectual bankruptcy, but insults the intelligence of voters in Oklahoma and the rest of the country who want real solutions to the serious economic difficulties that face our nation. The resolution offered is not only counter-productive, it severely misquotes key founding fathers. Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and probably Washington as well would be appalled at being falsely claimed by these anti-American yahoos."

The "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality" singles out President Obama for recognizing June as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered) Pride Month, and charges that America is economic peril because of "abortion, pornography, same-sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse and many other forms of debauchery."

"With all of the recent scandals involving self-righteous politicians, I first thought this Resolution was talking about religious Republicans," quipped Dave Silverman, Communications Director for American Atheists. "Political leaders, especially those wrapping themselves in the rhetoric of the religious right, are the last people who should be trying to dictate how Americans should live their lives."

Mr. Silverman expressed skepticism that the measure would be approved, though. The Religious Right is in their last throes of life, and this is just their latest attempt to make news and get attention. This is unimportant, not only because it means nothing, nor because it will do nothing, nor because it will promote yesterday's bigotry, but rather because it is just plain ridiculous. This is not an issue to fight, but rather one to watch with amusement, and to remind us of how far we as a country have evolved.

The Resolution ends with a call for God to "have mercy on this nation, to stay His hand of judgment and grant a national awakening of righteousness and Christian renewal as we repent of our great sin."

Edwin Kagin, National Legal Director for American Atheists, said that Rep. Kern's Resolution "is all about Demagoguery, not debauchery."

"Once again, we're blaming complex social problems on the religious right's idea of sinful behavior," said Kagin. "It appears that Rep. Kern and her supporters know less about economics than they do using religion to promote a theocratic social agenda."

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