The theory of evolution by natural selection is, to my mind, one of the most beautiful and simple ideas that scientists have ever put together. I'm not a biologist - maths and astronomy are my primary interests - but armed with the explanatory power of evolution you begin to see the world around you differently. It explains so much based on so few principles.
Despite the resounding success of evolution and the multiple and independent lines of evidence, there are many people who still don't understand "get it". What they have in their heads is some misunderstood or misrepresented version of evolution. And of course that version isn't going to make sense.
That's when you get people trying to knock down this straw man version of evolution.
In this case evolution is being tied to an attack on atheism. It's a common approach from the religious right. In the video jumbling the lego and pulling out a fully working model helicopter is a variation of Fred Hoyle's attack on evolution. He didn't understand it either. They're attacking a nonsensical version of evolution and claiming it a success of common sense over the real theory.
If you have a few minutes to spare consider heading over to Stated Clearly. They've got a series of short, snappy videos on evolution, natural selection, genes and more. You'll get a clearly picture of how evolution really works. I particularly like the video about the evidence supporting evolution:
It's interesting to note a lack of videos (or websites) trying to knock down the correct version of evolution. They always go for some straw man version.
Usually I take the position that it's pointless arguing with everything (or anything) you see on the internet. But attacks on science and rational thought seem to be becoming more widespread; I'm seeing more videos like the one above being shared on social media than I used to. In an age where critical assessment of theory and data is more important than ever (in light of, for example, climate change and the politics surrounding it) then presenting clear and accurate expositions to the public is more important than ever. I think I must be getting a bit more intolerant of nonsense as I get older.
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.