Friday, November 17, 2006

It's Bananas!

I'm sure almost anyone who might find their way to my site has seen this clip before:

It's been around a while, but I saw it somewhere recently and realized something; that's not what banana's look like in nature! Banana's have been genetically modified to look like that. Just like corn didn't come in the big ears we are familiar with from the super-market. Corn & bananas didn't get to be the foods we know & love until man started messing with them, breeding the biggest & tastiest ones together. Bananas have been cultivated for thousands of years, god didn't make them the way they are; man did. Check out how some bananas look in nature.

Most of the things we love to eat; chickens, sheep, cows, pigs, corn, rice, potatoes, cucumbers, etc. are essentially man-made & genetically modified. Not in the sense that someone spliced their gene's in a dish, but in the same way dog breeds have been developed over the centuries. Selective breeding is genetic modification, and selective breeding is a process of man, not god.

Banana's we eat are Cavendish bananas and they CAN'T grow in nature because they don't have any seeds. Not many years ago, people at Gros Michel bananas, but they were overcome with disease. And there are debates over whether the banana as we know it will go extinct do to this lack of genetic variety, just as the Gros Michel did.

Anyhow, I don't know why I didn't think about it that much before when I saw the video. If it wasn't so sad, it might be humerus how people make up stories for things they could (especially in this day & age) do a little research on to find out the truth. People like Ray Comfort should be ashamed for perpetuating ignorance!


Blogger carpeliam said...

hey, i followed the link from "mike the mad biologist's" page, seeing as how the discussion was going on for a while. i had seen this show while flipping through cable a year or so ago, and left it on for humor/curiosity. it's an extremely weak argument- "these things must have been designed this way" is the axiom, not the conclusion. none of the Christians i know (fundamentalist or otherwise) would buy this, it's just embarrassing. that being said, it does have an audience, i'm guessing in the midwest.

12:36 PM  
Blogger new.atheist said...

I've watched these shows out of curiosity many times. I'm sure the audience is more red-state. I didn't have to travel far outside of the north-east metropolis bubble to watch TV one Sunday morning & find 12 stations of preachers. It's a very different world people live in when you get away from the cities in the U.S.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Aviaa said...

Their evidence of creator design is actually a result of artifical selection. Great stuff. :)

I live in the mid-west and actually hear arguements along these lines on a fairly frequent basis (the same people in your video also have a "pie chart" arguement that one of the audience members directed at Dan Barker at a debate last weekend). I try to keep up at the "hip, arguementative Christian sites" so that I have faster answers to their canned points.

10:59 PM  
Blogger new.atheist said...

Hi Aviaa,

I know the banana video is popular with atheists as it was presented as "the atheists' nightmare" along with the giggling it provokes. I find it hard to watch their "explanations" but I love to pull out bible quotes that counter whatever they say.

Glad to hear I could provide you with some counter arguments! These days, with so much information at one's fingertips on the web, it's becoming easier to cite the best examples.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Aviaa said...


These days, with so much information at one's fingertips on the web, it's becoming easier to cite the best examples.

Absolutely. It's just finding time to find all the best examples that is difficult at times!

6:41 PM  
Blogger new.atheist said...

Yea... I have too much time on my hands some days. I have other hobbies, but blogging at the very least gets my brain stimulated & in the mood for writing other stuffs too :-)

9:32 AM  

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