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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Don't Be A Fool!

UPDATED: The Soviet Union had its own form of intelligent design. Because of it, the USSR adopted agricultural practices based upon pseudoscience, and millions starved to death. They didn't teach you that in history class, did they? Because it would also make George W. Bush look like a Soviet.
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I stand by my statement on this website regarding statements made by two commentators from Washington and Alaska in favor of teaching "Intelligent [sic] Design" in school because "there's no evidence for evolution":

Washington and Alaska: You know better than that. Evolution is a fact. Evolutionary theory is a theory about facts.

You yourselves know this; all Americans, deep down, no matter what they say in polls, know this. (Or do you also believe that seeds don't germinate? That babies are born like rays of light? Come on.)

With everything that we know about genetics, antibiotics, the mutation of viruses, and the analysis of DNA, there is simply no excuse for perpetuating superstition--unless you refuse to go to a doctor when you're sick, do you? Of course you go.

It is mere obstinacy, which people mistake for "faith" or "moral strength," that is at play here. When the chips are down--when avian flu threatens, or when TB strikes (because of evolution it is mutating a resistance to current treatments), or when a man is accused of a crime for which there are no witnesses ("Where you there" when Scott Peterson killed his wife, Laci, and their child? Shall we let him go, because no one saw him kill?) people run right back to the very scientists that they so glibly and selfishly malign for no reason other than pique.

There is NO scientific evidence that contradicts evolution. To say that we share 96% of our DNA with apes is actually an error in the article; we actually share 98.77% It must also be remembered that we share significant DNA similarities with all other life forms on earth as well. That is why animal testing works; that is why we are able to test cures for diseases at all. Do you want this to stop?

Evolutionary theory is never going to go away. However, if we so choose, out of obstinacy, out of sheer ingratitude to all of the scientists who have worked to develop cures for our diseases, we can banish science from our shores, where it will happily flourish in places like China, India, Singapore, and Israel. Because of hideous policies of the current administration, good scientists are already fleeing to these countries, where they are welcomed and well paid. It is our choice. And when disaster strikes, who will produce the new vaccines, the new antibiotics, or, sadly, analyze the DNA of the dead to identify the corpses? Not the creationists; not the "Intelligent Design" advocates; and not the Discovery Institute. They will be long gone--to Singapore, Israel, India, or China--because, as the revelation of the "Wedge Document" shows, they don't believe their own theories, but they know that someone like you, someone willing to give them money and make them rich, will want to believe.

Call me names all you want, but evolution is the bread on which our modern medicine is buttered. It is no coincidence that creationism arises again when fewer Americans than ever can afford health care! I am no one's fool.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Carl Buell (OGeorge) said...

I visit so many places on the web each day, that I really can't remember how I found you, but all that matters is I did. Wonderful Post! And going back through the archives I just kept smiling.

You wrote: "Call me all the names you want,..." how's brilliant.

Now, about this belly-dancing?

March 02, 2006 7:34 PM  
Blogger breakerslion said...

It is rare that I will read down an entire page of posts, but you have style. Anyone who says that there's no evidence for evolution should have to answer the question, "How do you think domestic pigs and new breeds of dog happen?" Now, apply that to real-world conditions and add a million years or so.

Happy Birthday a day late. Forget Pat Robertson. One of the coolest people I know has the same birthday that you do. Besides, I think that Pat was not so much born as extruded.

March 23, 2006 8:36 PM  

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