Sunday, August 21, 2005

Touched by His Noodly Appendage

I'd like to follow up Jesse's post with a few interesting links regarding Intelligent Design.

First off, you have to check out the hubbub over at boingboing regarding pastafarianism.


Pastafarianism Posted by Picasa

The point of this satire is not to debunk any kind of theism, but rather to posit that theism belongs in a realm outside of public education and rigorous, logical thought. I think that's a reasonable proposition that all rational people (religious or not) should be able to agree on. Creationists can indoctrinate their children and congreations with their silly ideas that go against everything modern science has shown us, but at least they will do it on their own time, without public money, and in environments that aren't supposed to be upholding principles of academic, scientific, and logical rigor.

Secondly, for a quick but thorough examination of the flaws of Intelligent Design, Scientific American did a great piece (Warning: PDF) debunking all of the junk, non-peer reviewed, fake-me-out science that the Intelligent Design propenents refer to to back up their bogus claims. I highly recommend reading it.

3 Comments:

At 1:16 AM, Blogger Nick said...

Wow, that's a hilarious picture. On a somewhat more somber note, it's worth remembering that only a third of Americans actually believe evolution is a well-supported theory. The poll cited in that link found equally cheery results in response to differently-worded questions; for example, 45% of Americans believe that "God created humans as they are 10,000 years ago," which strikes me as kind of odd given that attempts to date the creation of the world using the "begats" in the Bible have generally produced numbers around 6,000.

 
At 1:02 AM, Blogger Chris said...

deleted comments were just comment spam.

 
At 11:06 PM, Anonymous MJ Conroy said...

Don't overlook the theory of intelligent falling, see:
http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39512

 

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