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Master's Degree holder, telecommuting from the hot tub, proud Darwinian Dawkobot, and pirate librarian belly-dancer bohemian secret agent scribe on a mission to rescue bloggers from the wholesome clutches of the pious backstabbing girl fridays of the world.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Let My People Go

Free the scientists!
Free the lovers!
Free willy!

In the Another-Fire Department: Domenech's Downfall.

Wha…? [Incredulous laugh. Splutter.] The War Against Football?
So Ms. Phyllis Schlafly considers her work a "hobby, not a career." Oh sure. I've got an idea for a counter to her "hobby," the Eagle Forum--the HMS Beagle Forum. Because creationism means never having to say you're censoring. This is a disgrace!

Best argument yet against Intelligent Design.

Groan. Stink-stanker Kazmer Ujvarosy has jumped on Dawkins, too, after Dembski started the hog-pile. I guess that's what happens when your book, The Selfish Gene, is finally acknowledged as a classic by an overwhelming consensus, including the science writer who originally panned it. Take it as a compliment, Dr. Dawkins.

Laughter predates speech by millions of years. I think that that's fascinating, but naturally the sourpusses in the Intelligent Design movement don't like the idea; they want to hear all about the boo-hooing done by Adam and Eve about their sins.


Blogger Dan said...

From the Ujvarosy article:

"...the non-existence of human intelligence has never been demonstrated, either in fact or principle."

Heh. Kazmer obviously doesn't read his own articles.

March 31, 2006 1:27 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh, he did, Dan--he just didn't have the intelligence to understand what he was saying!

March 31, 2006 3:07 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Well, there's reading, and then there's reading.

I just found it ironic that he was claiming that the non-existence of human intelligence has never been demonstrated right in the middle of providing an article-length demonstration of the non-existence of human intelligence.

March 31, 2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Absolutely, I agree with you.
In fact, this statement is ironic, too: "Let’s face it, logically only non-human intelligence could have observed the non-existence of human intelligence." Guess those non-humans are you and me, right? :)
The guy kills me. All these people are piling on Dawkins because they want some of his fame.

March 31, 2006 10:58 PM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

The Selfish Gene is the book that has explained human behavior much better than any psychology textbook. Its beauty relies on the incredibly abstract concept of regarding the gene as the unit of reproduction and not the individual.

March 31, 2006 11:44 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

The Selfish Gene is also just plain fun. It's rare that I laugh aloud in delight at a work. My boyfriend's eyes lit up when I described the serial/parallel processor model of consciousness to him. And so far, the book has inspired one short story and (in part) one poem (uh-oh, watch out world, I'm writing poetry again...!)

April 02, 2006 6:34 PM  

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