Friday, May 02, 2008

Succinct Explanation For Why ID Should Not Be Taught in Science Classes

"An unknown intelligent designer did something, somewhere, somehow, for no apparent reason” is not a model.

--Wesley Elsberry
For some odd reason, relatively famous person Ben Stein (Jewish) decided to participate in a Creationist propaganda film called Expelled. Thankfully, this movie did not generate much buzz even from the religious folks who flocked to see the producers' other Hey-look-everybody-the-non-Christians-are-evil-so-get-outraged film, The Passion of the Christ. I haven't bothered writing about it before because the last thing I wanted to do was bring any sort of attention to this absurd creation. But others, like John Derbyshire over at the National Review have critiqued it well.

While it is fine for people to believe whatever they want about the creation of life, the filming and marketing of a propaganda film under false pretenses, with um, misinformation (or lies, maybe?) about what actually happened to certain scientists, and trying to get people outraged over Science itself (and non-Christians by association) is deceitful and it undermines the core of what their religion tells them to be as human beings.

Ben, even if you believe strongly that we were all created by a loving god and not by "mud hit by lightning" (Where did Darwin or scientists ever conclude that, hmm?), why would you collaborate on a project with these generally anti-Jewish producers?

And now I hear you're equating scientists with gas chamber operators? Come now.

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Monday, July 11, 2005

March of the Penguins proves Intelligent Design is Bogus, Part I

I'm no atheist, but watching March of the Penguins may make you question your opinions about teaching kids the increasingly popular Intelligent Design Theory in science classes.

What sort of intelligent being would deliberately create a mating ritual as obfuscated as that of a poor penguin?

(Design notes of the Intelligent Designer follow... )
I think I'll make cute birds that can't fly, but can swim and walk and slide on their bellies. I'll put them on the South Pole, where sliding is easy. I'll put lots of food right underneath the ice. Hmm. It'll be cold there. -100 F at times. Too cold to expose the egg. Oh well, I'll have the male and female penguins take turns getting food 70 miles away where they can access the ocean, while the other keeps the egg warm. The male penguins will have to huddle together to keep from freezing together, and not eat for two months while they wait for their mates to come home

(Me as a 12 year-old pupil in science class)

Brilliant! But may I make a suggestion or two?

How about letting there be HOLES in the ice where the mating is taking place? That way, you avoid the constant marching back and forth for food, and the starvation?

Too hard? What about making the penguins have beaks strong enough to make their own holes in the ice, or claws maybe? What about egg shells with anti-freeze?

I'm told in class that you're intelligent. Lacking in creativity? (Seems unlikely, given that you invented Creation itself, right?) Are you just lazy?

I'm sure you have your reasons.

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