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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Charles Darwin wins the Indianapolis 500! Or does he?

I wrote most of this post before a terrible event happened.   As I was finishing up I became aware that two-time Indy 500 Champion Dan Wheldon had just been involved in a fiery 15-car crash at an auto race in Las Vegas.   I am now most sorry to say that Dan Wheldon has passed away as a result of the crash.
It is most unusual and unsettling that this man would die just as I was finishing up a blog post in which his name is prominent.   After considering the situation I am dedicating this blog post to the memory of a great race car driver who drove a great race to win the last Indianapolis 500 and also had an accomplished much more in the world of racing.   His picture and profile summary from Wikipedia are below.

Daniel Clive Wheldon

Dan Wheldon in Washington, D.C. in February 2010.
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born 22 June 1978
Emberton, Olney, England, United Kingdom
Died 16 October 2011 (aged 33)
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
2011 IRL IndyCar Series
Debut season 2002
Current team Bryan Herta Autosport
Car no. 98
Former teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Andretti Green Racing
Panther Racing
Starts 128
Wins 16
Poles 5
Best finish 1st in 2005
Previous series
2001
2000
1999
Indy Lights
Toyota Atlantic Championship
U.S. F2000 Championship Series
Championship titles
2005 IRL IndyCar Series Champion
Awards
2003

2005
2011
IRL IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Indianapolis 500 Winner

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Wheldon family, his friends and colleagues and the clan of IndyCar racers on this very tragic day.   We hope that the other injured drivers recover fully and that all racing fans will remember to pray for Wheldon's family, especially his wife and two small children.   Please, if you read this and whenever it happens that you read this, remember those that Dan Wheldon left behind.   The loss of a family member hurts for a long time and his loved ones will never forget him.   Neither shall any of us who admire The Indianapolis 500.   I once attended Indiana State University, and Tony Hulman was very generous to any college students who came to the door of his downtown mansion on Halloween.   I have been to the time trials and the race itself and it is a great spectacle and to win it is a great accomplishment.  Dan Wheldon had won the race twice at the tender age of 33 years old.   October 16, 2011.  Rest in Peace, Dan Wheldon.

Now the post I had written earlier today:

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Allow me to present a scenario that represents the current world of origins science.   When I talk about origins, I mean origins of the Universe, origins of the Solar System, origins of life, origins of information - In other words, where the heck did everything come from when and how and why (and let's not forget that there is evidence for Who)...After all, we do have a fairly good handle on what.   We can see these things exist and we can study their behavior and the laws and processes and systems and so on and so forth.  What we can observe in real time and what we can test and what we can retest and get the same results?   We used to call them "laws."  But that became inconvenient for Darwinists, since some of the laws prevent their pet hypothesis from being within the realm of possibilities.  

Defining my terms, I have come to label all of those who adhere to a naturalistic and materialist causation for any and all things, who decline to accept the concept that God created and have ascribed to a few "just-so" stories to explain origins of everything as Darwinists.   It saves a lot of typing.  Can you imagine typing out "naturalistic materialistic agnostic/atheistic supporters of evolutionary processes as the causation of any and all things seen and unseen?"   Darwinists is therefore a smart style choice.

Anyway, Darwinists and Creationists obviously do not agree at all on the Who.   The two sides do not agree on when.  Darwinists are at a loss for why so they usually avoid that one (and sound pretty incoherent when they try, cue a few Dawkins quotes) while Creationists have that one down pat.  Where is actually a problem for Darwinists while Creationists again have that one cold.  But where Darwinists really spit the bit involves how.   How as described by Darwinists is a bunch of very spoiled and entirely rotten baloney.  Darwinism is all hat, no cattle.   As the years go by the insurmountable problems on the microbiological level and the biochemical level and the probability level and...well pretty much every aspect of Darwinism is a bunch of people telling stories that are statistically impossible involving processes that are not observable and asserting that evidence has already settled the question when in fact evidence for Darwinism is virtually nonexistent.

Darwinism is just not supported at the foundational level.   This is why so many commenters try to take the conversation out to the fringes where they think they have an advantage because years of propaganda have convinced the average person that the fundamental questions have been answered.   Oh, no they have NOT.  Darwinists have no answer at all for the origin of all existence, for life, for information, for complexity, for consciousness,  for the laws like Biogenesis and Thermodynamics that it violates...nothing but stories and promises of future discoveries that will explain it all.   In other words, "the check is in the mail."

When I moved here I had a management job set up with a steel tubing company as a shift supervisor.   They had decided to add a second shift and hired me to run that shift.   However, it would take three or four weeks to get things ready for operations to begin.   I would get a call as soon as they were ready to get me settled into the office and learn my roster and company SOP and etc.   That was back in 1981...still waiting for that call.   The local economy was very tied to the steel mills, the Carter Administration policies had begun a local depression and jobs began dropping like flies.   Although Ronald Reagan had been sworn into office a few months earlier it would take a couple of years for the local economy to begin rebounding.   Meanwhile my potential job departed along with that second shift...and the entire company failed shortly thereafter.  

Right now Darwinism has told you to hold on three-four (years, decades, whatever) while they come up with answers but you just go ahead and keep believing in Darwinism in the meantime, it will be just fine.   If I had waited for that company to call in order to get work and feed and house my family we'd have been homeless within three months or so and if that was our only hope we'd all have died from starvation and/or exposure years ago.   Well, real science is starving for truth instead of all of this Darwinist propaganda which provides no value to the scientific community besides giving them rabbit trails down which to go and get lost and eventually abandon.   Vestigal organs?  Nope.  Tree of life?  Nope.  Geological column?  Nope.  ERVs as a proof of Darwinism?  Nope.  DNA evidence of man evolving from apes?  Nope.  You name it, I can put a nope after it.  

The Indianapolis 500 by alter ego radarum

So you move into a new subdivision in a new city and you see flags flying with the initials CD flying in front of a few homes and you wonder what that means.   You see a big sign with an Indy race car numbered 666 and the name Darwin on a big sign near the city hall.   There are a lot of vehicles with bumper stickers that have CD or 666 on them.   It all seems pretty strange to you.   You drive around your neighborhood and see a massive mansion at the end of a cul-de-sac with DARWIN in big letters emblazoned on a huge garage that connects to the house.   It looks like the kind of place a Hollywood star who was also an automobile enthusiast might own...or maybe Al Gore?  The address is 666 Darwin Place.  

After you connect with the moving van and the movers begin putting your stuff into your new house,  your next-door neighbors come over with a plate of cookies and greetings.  Naturally you ask them, "What's up with all the Darwin and CD and 666 stuff?"   

They look at you dumbfounded at the question, as if you were completely clueless.   The husband says,  "Charles Darwin won the Indianapolis 500 and we are all proud of him, he lives in that big house down the street!"  

You are shocked.   You don't pay much attention to Indy Car racing but the 500 is a big event and you were darned sure that some guy named Wheldon had won it for the second time.   I mean, it was back in May but still...so you suggest that Dan Wheldon had won and the neighbors laugh at you.  

"Are you kidding?   Chuck has the trophy in his front room!  He has an oil painting in his library of his car crossing the finish line in first place!"   He offers to show you a clipping from the local newspaper announcing Darwin's victory.   You shake your head and switch to small talk and then, when the couple has left, look at your wife and raise your eyebrows.   But then a mover begins to put the big screen TV
in the living room and you want it in the family room and you forget about the whole thing.

But after a couple of days of greeting new neighbors and getting the new household sorted out (which kid gets the corner bedroom upstairs and where the heck did the box with the Christmas lights go?) you begin to think about all the Darwin stuff.   You are computer savvy so you go to the internet to see who won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 and there are plenty of articles about the winning 666 car.   Then you search "Wheldon Indianapolis" and you find some cached articles that claim Dan Wheldon won, but if you try to click on them most of those sites have disappeared or the article has been changed.   Are you in the Twilight Zone?  This begins to annoy you.   The new internet access company seems to have all sorts of information about this Darwin guy you NEVER saw before and all sorts of things you read online about the CD car that were never there before dominate any searches of Indianapolis results.  In fact, you soon find out that this Darwin guy is supposed to have won the last few races all in a row!!!!   How did this get past you?

You settle into the new job and the new house and you realize that there are lots of drawings and paintings and other representations of this 666 car taking the checkered flag but no pictures.   You calmly ask people now and then to find out if any of them had actually gone to the race and seen Darwin win?  Nope, they just read it in the papers or heard it on the radio or on the internet.   How about seeing any of those wins on television?   Nope, the Indy Car races are not televised locally.  Your inner Sherlock Holmes is prodding you to get answers.   What kind of actual proof did anyone have of these wins by this 666 car?   "Everybody knows he won."  All the answers you get are like that.

Therefore you hop in the car and drive down to the end of the road and park in the driveway of the Darwin mansion.  You get out and ring the doorbell and a butler answers.   You ask to speak to Mr. Darwin.  You are told to make an appointment with his secretary and you are given a number...that always goes to answering machine.   You send a letter to the residence.  No reply.   It is beginning to drive you nuts!  Why is  this Darwin guy so slippery and does he even exist?   Is the entire world mad?   Everybody in the city including your boss and co-workers all say that Charles Darwin is an ace Indy driver and how could you not know this?  

You call your parents back home.   After you've said the normal things you ask them if they ever heard of Charles Darwin the race car driver.  Nope.   Did they know who won the Indy 500 earlier in the year?   Your father thinks on it and says "I know he won it for the second time...like a Dan Wheldon or something like that.  Not sure how he spells it but that's him."   

Had he heard of Charles Darwin?  Your father says, "Nope!  Who is he?"  

You know that something very whacky is going on.   You also know that you are not happy with the uncertainty and confusion.   Somehow you will figure out what is going on.

It is a cold evening as the sun goes down and all the houses in the community have their furnaces turned on, keeping the heat going.   You are desperate.   You are mechanically savvy enough to figure out how to shut off the power to the Darwin mansion but then you hear a motor start up and the lights that had flickered on the outside come back on.   You hear the noise coming from the garage.   He must have a power backup!!!  So you walk around to to a window on the side of the huge garage and peer in and see, in a corner, a dim light and a big generator which is probably powering the house.   But then you notice there are no cars in the garage at all.  Just a long expanse of empty concrete floor and a few work benches and assorted tools hung on the wall.   Where were the cars?

Back home you race!   You grab a flashlight and put on your most generic-looking work shirt and khaki pants.  You dig up your old Army combat boots and stuff your feet into them.   You find an old ID badge from a conference you attended in Ohio the year before and stick it over your pocket.   You snag a small toolbox and a cell phone and a clipboard.   Then you put on a jacket that covers most of your ID badge and head back to the Darwin mansion.   You knock on the door.  The Butler answers. 

"I am here to investigate your power outage, sir, may I come in and check your circuit box?" 
The butler gives you access to the foyer and announces down the hall towards an unseen hearer

"Mr. Darwin, there is a service person here!"   

He instructs you to wait and down a long hall strides a middle-aged man with a beard.   As he approaches you ask, "Are you THE Charles Darwin?" 

He smiles, "Yes, of course...now what about.."

But you interrupt.  "My neighbors told me you had a trophy in one of your rooms and a very nice oil painting of you winning the Indy 500 and I wondered if I could just see them before I get your power sorted out...I mean, since you seem to have a generator backup running?"

"Ah, a fan, of course!  Follow me and I will show you."   He takes you to look at a big trophy that looks real enough (but enclosed in a transparent case) and then leads you to his library where there are multiple paintings of a car number 666 on race tracks and one big one of the car crossing a finish line with a big checkered flag being waved by an official in the stands above the track. 

"Wow," you say, "Can I see the actual car?"

"Sorry, I wouldn't keep it HERE.   It is at the racing team headquarters."

Do you have any pictures taken of you driving the car?"

Charles Darwin shakes his head.   "I prefer portraits.   Far more artistic and attractive than ordinary photography.   I do have a nice lithograph of that big portrait I can autograph for you..."  He reaches for a stack of reproductions of the portrait on heavy stock paper and signs it with a flourish.  "Would you like me to personalize this?  What is your name?"

"It's Chris."

"Here you go.   Now the main circuit box is in the garage.   I don't know where Dawkins went, but, I suppose I can show you the way..." 

"Dawkins?"  You ask.

"Dawkins is my butler.  Loyal as can be but has the common sense of a toadstool.   He should have led you to the box right away."   Darwin grimaces as if in pain as he leads you through a hallway and a huge collection of stainless steel cabinets and marble counters that you realize is a giant kitchen.   Beyond the kitchen is the door to the garage.  "I cannot imagine what has gone on, do you mind if I watch you work?" Darwin asks you.

"No problem.   I eyeballed the outside connection and I just want to be sure no obvious problems are going on in your main circuit boxes."   You open the main circuit box and make a show of touching each circuit breaker switch to make sure they are not flipped to off.   You scrutinize the wiring going in and out and then make a trek over to the power generator to observe it.  "So, Mr. Darwin, why aren't there any cars in here?"

He smiles, "Didn't I tell you that the cars are kept at headquarters downtown?"

"Yes, sir, but I mean I thought a race car driver would have, I don't know, a Meserati or a Cobra or a new Mustang convertible or a 'Vette maybe?   You don't have any car at all?"

His smile disappears.   "Dawkins has a vehicle of some kind in the back of the house, he goes out at times and retrieves things for me.   I have my groceries delivered and my cook handles all that.   Really, I don't have any reason to go anywhere."

You say, "But I never heard of a race car driver who doesn't like to drive.   You don't drive at all?"

He turns and looks closer at the badge sticking out from underneath your jacket.   "Show me your identification!"

You pull out your wallet and show him your drivers license.

"Chris Christian!"  Darwin's countenance changes and his complexion reddens.   "You!   You are that man from out of town who has been going around asking questions and claiming I did not win the 500!   Get out of here this minute before I call the police!"

You look him in the eye.  "Let's see YOUR drivers license.  Do you even have one?  Can you even DRIVE?  You didn't win the Indianapolis 500.   I know who won it and it wasn't YOU.  You are a complete fraud!"

Enraged, Darwin walks over to a switch on the back wall and flicks it to ON.   An alarm begins to sound.  Beep beep beep beep beep beep.."

You are disoriented.  Should you run away or stay?

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!!!!!!!!

Ugh!  The alarm is beeping and it is time to get up.   You realize you just had a vivid dream and remember what you can of it so you can tell your wife about it.   At least this time you weren't back in the military!

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Again, the post above was written before I the crash that took Dan Wheldon's life even happened.   I could have made some changes to the post, but instead I made a preface and am also making a postscript.  All I can think is that hopefully everyone who reads this will remember his family at a time when their grieving and pain would be dominating their lives and rending their hearts.

11 comments:

Chaos Engineer said...

I'm not quite sure what the point of the story is. As the facts are presented, there are two possible interpretations.

1 - Darwin (in the setting of the story) didn't win the Indy 500, but there's a vast conspiracy to conceal this. It apparently includes all respected media organizations and university libraries, along with the judges and directors of the Indy 500 organization. Despite the otherwise vast power of the conspiracy, it has trouble running Photoshop.

2 - Darwin (in the setting of the story) did win the Indy 500, but the protagonist is having a psychotic breakdown, most likely due to overwork. He's constructed a fantasy world, and any facts that contradict it are assumed to be part of a vast, sinister conspiracy. Any lack of evidence for the conspiracy is taken as proof of the conspiracy's power, and therefore proof that the conspiracy exists.

The good news is that the protagonist winds up getting arrested for burglary, so hopefully the court system will see that he gets the help he needs.

If he'd been less lucky, he wouldn't have gotten the notice of decent human beings. Instead, he would have attracted unscrupulous individuals who wanted to take advantage of him: "Not only doesn't Darwin have a driver's license," one might cackle, "but he doesn't have a birth certificate either! You need to buy my book so that I'll have money to write more books." "It's worse than that," another might exclaim, "The reason that the birth certificate wasn't recorded was that the 'Child's Political Affiliation' blank would have read 'Nazi'. I would like some money, too, please!" (Con-artists like this are depressingly common. It's difficult to shut them down completely because of 1st Amendment issues, which means that we as private citizens need to be especially vigorous about shouting down their nonsense.)

AmericanVet said...

You figured it out, it is point one. Darwinism does not fit the evidence but there is a vast conspiracy to support it and that conspiracy depends upon a worldview that the conspirators wish to uphold. Hey, you guys do more than photoshop...you invent things and make big representations for museums and textbooks and use modern animation techniques for movies. Like inventing humanoid hands and feet for Lucy or making an entirely fictional Pakicetus that turned out to look NOTHING like the animal must have looked.

Jon Woolf said...

I'll take explanation #2, Chaos Engineer.

"Darwinism does not fit the evidence..."

Except that it does. And in a century and a half of trying, creationists haven't come up with one effective argument to the contrary.

Really, Radar, have you no shame at all? First you pollute a genuinely tragic event by tying it to this toxic diatribe, and then you can't even be bothered to make your "argument" subtle. Car 666? I mean, I know fundamentalists generally think that such hamfisted gibberish is actually subtle and clever, but really!

AmericanVet said...

Woolf, I wrote the article before Wheldon got in an accident and was horrified that he was killed. I considered revising the context but then instead preferred to remind readers of the event and let them know he had a wife and two children to remember.

I have come up with several effective arguments and you reply with the same old propaganda and that is why I keep making more posts with more evidence. It is stacking up higher and higher while Darwinism looks dumber and dumber all the time. Since Darwinists have no answers for the fundamental questions they play around at the fringes of science and make up stories and have pretend animals. I thought Aesop and the Brothers Grimm had compiled enough fairy tales for the normal reader, so why do all these guys like Phil Gingerich and Stephen Hawking keep publishing fables?

Jon Woolf said...

What you should have done is rewrite the post completely to make the same point a different way. Using a man dead less than twenty-four hours as part of your crusade takes "tasteless" to new levels.

"I have come up with several effective arguments "

Where? When? In more than eighteen months of reading your blog I haven't seen even one, let alone several. All you have is misstatements, misinterpretations, mistakes, wishful thinking, and the occasional outright lie (not yours, your sources'). When commenters post responses, you simply ignore them and re-post the same garbage again without even acknowledging that it's been countered.

Not that I'm surprised by that, you understand. Misstatements, mistakes, and fallacies are all you have, so of course that's all you can post.

AmericanVet said...

Woolf, as you have no basis for morality you have no case for judging whether my post was appropriate. Furthermore I will stand on my evidence and keep presenting more of it over time.

Your namecalling does you no good nor does it make your case any stronger. With no explanation for existence, life, information or fantastic complexity and precise fine-tuning of the Solar System and the Universe, I would say that you are the one with misstatements and misunderstanding.

Jon Woolf said...

A former druggie and drug dealer tells me I have no morals?

ROFLMAO

You never fail to amuse, Radar.

"With no explanation for existence, life, information or fantastic complexity and precise fine-tuning of the Solar System and the Universe,"

The first two are answered adequately by "Why not?" The last is a matter of probability. "Life" is an emergent property of a sufficiently complex chemical system. And information arises naturally, without need of any hand to aid it.

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cool girl said...

no one knows when an accident will happen. but if the organizers were only more cautious in ensuring overall safety in the area, i think fatal injuries will be prevented. i will surely miss dan wheldon..

AmericanVet said...

Ovals need fewer cars and throttled down engines to be raced in Indy cars. Dan should never have died because IndyCar should never have crammed that many cars with that much speed on that small oval.

AmericanVet said...

And Jon Woolf should try to learn some science instead of his pet phrases. You just gave us an Adam Sandler version of science. We are all made dumber by reading the nonsense you spout about life and information. Really you should go into politics...

Jon Woolf said...

Most unChristian of thee, Radar. Didst not thy Saviour say "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."?