Tuesday, August 02, 2005

George Bush, Relativist

Of course, the NYT feeds the journalistic cult of "balance" over objectivity by giving equal time in their article to both absurdity and rationality.

5 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

Well, the Times is worried about their readership, if Eric Alterman is to be believed.

Note how Bush's science advisor basically contradicted his boss. Let's see how long he lasts.

These fucking ID/Creationists make me want to puke. It's the same old wine in a new bottle -- and one of their leaders, Simon Conway Morris, was an ex-protege of SJ Gould's. Recently converted to Christianity; somehow, by an amazing coincidence, he's into "intelligent design."

Ditto Michael Behe, et al. This issue will never go away -- the Catholic Church has made noises about retreating on evolution (guess JP II wasn't so infallible). It's too closely tied to reactionary, anti-modern views of the world. Note how Allen jumps very quickly from Darwin to social Darwinism to Hitler in his discussions of ethics with us.

Some on the left do so as well, of course.

As the religious but thoroughly evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky wrote: "Nothing in biology makes sense without evolution." Nothing; that's very true, unless you view everything functionally and ahistorically.

Laugh riot -- they're laughing in the EU, China, and India -- let this backward country continue to slide in science.

Disgusted, but not surprised.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 8:13:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Here is a good diary on Daily KOs about various counter arguments re: ID. Based on our generally positive experiences w/Thornblog I think the diary is too cynical about ID proponents', but still interesting for me to see various angles on the problem.

Also here's the Pharyngula post referenced by the diary above.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Re: Allen's comments drawing parallels between evolution, social darwinism and Hitler, see the Guilt by association fallacy.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

More Insanity..

Note this graf:

"But a growing chorus of critics says the course, taught by local teachers trained by the council, conceals a religious agenda. The critics say it ignores evolution in favor of creationism and gives credence to dubious assertions that the Constitution is based on the Scriptures, and that "documented research through NASA" backs the biblical account of the sun standing still."

Unbelievable. I guess we are back to Galileo's day.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 1:48:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Mehr licht!" on evolution to be found herein. In case any religious folk come along -- I mean, those who don't accept the fact of evolution and the welter of theories of its cause.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 4:07:00 PM  

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