Friday, August 19, 2005

Intelligent Intelligence

This headline from here via here:
Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity with New "Intelligent Falling" Theory.
Of course it is from the Onion. But, as usual, their snark hits a nerve. What we really need is intelligent intelligence in this insane debacle that is misnamed a "debate."

On a a related note, Smithsonian scientists have been castigated in the WaPo (that onetime newspaper) for criticizing an alleged scientist for publishing a rational for Intelligent Design (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) in a Smithsonian sponsored rag. I think this guy (the editor that published the article) is spooky looking. He needs a little sun. Has been spending too much time in the crypt back behind him.

Let me just make my position entirely clear.

There is an attempt by those on the Religious Right to force feed a religious tenet down the throats of children because they find the concept of evolution distasteful (tell THAT to the foie gras goose).
This tenet is termed Intelligent Design. It is not a theory, it is a belief. There is not one iota of scientific (i.e. controlled experimental) evidence for this belief. These people are trying to impress their religion on one and all. As far as I am concerned, an adult can believe whatever he wants as long as those beliefs don't infringe on others. He can believe that the moon is made of green cheese, just don't let him move to Wisconsin.

It is one more attempt at political control by this small group of people who have taken over our Country. Yes, I believe in conspiracy theories. We have one sitting in Crawford at the moment. Let him believe the earth was made in 6 days; that it is only 4,000 years old, that the dinosaurs never existed in real time, that all the geological stuff was laid down with the single purpose of confusing scientists, that all the interesting problems of genetic selection were designed to fascinate scholars but that they were all, well, just constructed (if you design something you have to construct it too).

Of course we all know, in the end, 'wink,' 'wink,' 'wink,' that it is just a manuever for political control. That it isn't really a religious issue but a political one.

But then, we live in the up-is-down world.

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