IF you really want to start a bad argument, and take it from the direction of someone that thinks evolution is hogwash, there are many, many terrible arguments you can make. IF you genuinely don’t think evolution is real, even better, you will be much more convincing since you actually think what you are saying makes sense. OF course on the internet to get into such a debate is probably going to be very difficult for you since the internet has a much higher concentration of people that accept evolution as a fact, as well as a much higher concentration of people that think religion is hogwash. This makes it a big challenge for you to win an argument on it since people are much more familiar with the concepts of evolution these days and your pure BS won’t convince many. Now…if you are just trolling…that’s another matter. Stupid arguments work perfectly fine because it still does the job a troll wants to do. Piss other people off and make them mad at you. Especially something like this that they have at least a vague understanding of and therefore MUST explain it to you correctly to show that they are smart.
Let’s see here. We’ll start with some of the most absurd you shouldn’t use. Ones that are used as jokes by most that accept evolution when discussing it and making fun of those that don’t understand it.
1. If we evolved from Monkeys why are there still monkeys!? Huh!?
When this is thrown out there you know it is time to leave. Absolutely no one should bother even arguning with you on this point. IT’s so absurd and shows such lack of understanding in this one phrase that there is no hope for you. Absolutely none. If this notion occurs to you at all you are utterly hopeless in understanding evolution. This is a half assed attempt at trolling and simply not gonna be taken seriously. Read this to learn why there are still monkeys.
2. Evolution is just a Theory
Had to add this one because it is just as bad as the first one. It’s a very common idea put forth in any debate about science from dullards. So much so that I’ve seen people consider changing the term “theory” to appease these utter buffoons and make sure they can’t take it the wrong way. Read this to understand “What is a theory?”
3. Evolution can’t explain the origins of life
No kidding. It has nothing to do with explaining the origins of life and has nothing to do with the BIG BANG. Using the two together is actually pretty common when talking to people that have a need for ab intelligent designer, and a creator. Many times people will try to shoehorn the origin of life into the evolution argument when they don’t understand it. This is why so many religious people ahve such a hard time accepting it. They think it means everything came from nothing and random chance. The old “tornado through a junkyard” motto, or even something as silly as “lightning striking a mud puddle” come from this idea. These are people that failed to even take 10 seconds to type this into Google “What is evolution?” (I did it for you) Just spend 15 minutes reading any of those pages and you will have at least some idea about it that you can pretend to understand it.
4. “Survival of the fittest” can’t possibly be true because weak still survive.
This notion of “Survival of the fittest” is something that is more of a catch phrase that makes people think evolution is a path straight to the realms of Hitler’s secret research labs. In turn makes people think that evolution leads to “eugenics” and tampering with the natural order. As the link above suggests it was used as an alternative to “Natural selection” (also explained int he link above).
First of all, “Fittest” doesn’t mean “strongest”. It could mean any number of things, but think of it as better adapted for their environment. For instance, elephants in Africa have been hunted for their ivory by poachers forever. In a very short time frame it has actually been observed that these elephants have started to evolve SHORTER tusks, which in turn makes them a less desirable target for poachers. A very strange and interesting adaption, but defintiely not something that you would consider pushing towards the “Strongest” argument. On the other hand it is likley that those with larger tusks were considered better for breedign by the females as well so it is a very interesting adaption to say the least.
5. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
This has become increasingly popular for some reason to throw out there. Sounds impressive just to state it and define it when in a debate apparently. Well…when stated like creationists like to state it and then try to disregard what it actually means. Like this guy (coincidentally he has a few great losing arguments as well you should look at and it lead me to another list that does a job of refuting his 4 claims quite well here.):
This law (note: not a theory but a law) teaches us that in every chemical or heat reaction, there is a loss of energy that never again is available for another heat reaction. This is why things break down if left to themselves, and why scientists tell us that the universe is headed toward a heat death.
This law teaches us, then, that the universe is headed toward increasing randomness and decay.
But what does the theory of evolution teach us? The exact opposite, that the universe is headed toward increasing complexity and order. You put up a theory against my law, I’m going to settle for the law, thank you very much.
Sounds impressive right? Wrong. This definition is not accurate. Misinterpreted. Very common for it to spread through creationist scribblings in a form similar to this and the more it spreads the more it helps spread not just confusion, but false information. A MAJOR theme in the lack of understanding of evolution I might add. The Religion vs. Science fight takes a lot of liberties in twisting definitions for their purposes.
Since I found a good counter-point to this exact claim already here I won’t go on about it. You can jsut read that gentleman’s perfectly fine answer there and the other 3 he disputes from the original article.
So…while these arguments are definitely troll worthy for various levels, they all will ultimately be poor ones if you want to look good. For straight trolling…well the top ones are for the most absurd venture where you are one that probably hits himself repeatedly with a reel hose for fun, and the others will probably at least make people argue and philosophize about the “theory” of evolution a bit.