This is a re-post for my evolutionist friends.
“Ain’t Nature Wonderful!” and the wisdom of Curly.
Did you know that Moe Howard (born Moses Harry Horwitz on June 19, 1897, the 19th of Sivan 5657) did Shakespeare as a young actor? It’s true – during the summers of 1914 and 1915, Moe joined a riverboat troupe on the Mississippi River which did Shakespearian plays. In 1939, they released a short entitled “ Yes, We Have No Bonanzas”. In it, they play prospectors out West. While prospecting for gold, they accidently blow up their donkey, named Yorick. As pieces of meat drop on Moe, he picks up a skull that was supposed to be the donkey’s and says, “Alas, poor Yorick!”
Well, they continue prospecting after that “high-class” reference. Curly and Moe dig up some dirt, unaware that they have discovered a buried treasure that some bank robbers had tried to hide. Moe drives a pick into the ground and finds that he has “picked up” some of the loot – a stack of paper bills. Larry comes over with a strainer and they strain out gold, alright – gold coins. As they keep digging, Curly finds more paper – not paper money, but gold bonds. Here’s how the conversation goes:
Moe: (he pulls up the bills) We’re rich! We struck paydirst!
Curly: Paydirt, nothin’! We struck a mint! Woo-hoo-hoo!
Moe: (Counting) One, two, three – OW! (Curly hits him with the handle of his shovel) Why, you… (Moe slaps him)
Larry: (arriving with a straining screen) Hurry up! Dig some more – I’ll screen it.
Curly: Oh, Screeno! (He dumps a shovelful of dirt into the screen) [ Screeno was “screen bingo”, a game invented by movie theaters in the Great Depression to get more people to attend on a slow weeknight. Movie patrons could win cash prizes, which became a huge attraction in the 1930’s]
Larry: Look! Gold coins!
Moe: (Grabbing at the coins) We hit a jackpot!
Curly: Woo-woo-woo !
Moe: (Digging up bags of coins) Oh! Sacks of it!
Curly: (Looking at the bags of coins) Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
Curly: (as they dig up more papers) Hey! Look at the pearled papers!
Moe: Those aren’t papers, ya sap – them is bonds!
Larry: Who ever heard of getting’ bonds out of the ground?
Moe: Why not? Them is GOLD bonds!
Curly: Gee! Ain’t nature wonderful!
Hilarious! The scene continues with the Stooges completely unaware that the coins, bills, and bonds they’ve dug up are anything but natural deposits. We laugh especially at Curly – how can anybody be so foolish as to believe that natural forces only produced such complex things that obviously had to have been made by humans? There’s absolutely no possible way that natural forces, on their own, undirected by any intelligence, could produce printed paper and bags of minted metal coins. Even the fact that they were buried underground indicates human involvement. They were obviously the products of design –
I mean, who would see such blatant examples of design and think nature just randomly produced them?
So – when people look at living cells, which must have a basic design that is infinitely more complex than the non-living world around it… which can all do some kind of respiration to break down glucose to make ATP… which must be able to reproduce exactly, including the information to precisely make all the proteins those cells need to live… which can’t survive without food and oxygen… which depend on cells figuring out – somehow – how to make food and oxygen using sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide… which we, with all our computers and technological skill can’t replicate… and many other things that show someone’s design, without which life on earth is impossible… and “smart” people look at it all and say:.
“Ain’t nature wonderful!”
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