I note with pleasure that Dover, Pennsylvania sent its eight "intelligent design" school board members packing yesterday -- "with pleasure," not because the mechanist explanation of evolution* is wholly accurate, which it isn't, but because replacing it with a fairy tale wouldn't help matters any...all of which reminds me of a correction I've been wanting to make here for some time now.
You may recall that some while back I posted a link to a creation-vs.-evolution excerpt from Tom Weller's wonderful Science Made Stupid, noting I thought that book's discussion one of the funniest things I'd ever read. What puzzled me, though, was that I couldn't find the most incisive, and hardheaded, section of that piece. Well, senryu recently uncovered our actual copies of Science Made Stupid and Cvltvre Made Stupid, and I didn't dream it: the online version omits Weller's original explanation of the Creationist model. I'm putting the quotation behind a cut because, while it strikes me as unexceptionable,** it is bound to offend some who would like to take both of the two mutually exclusive Creation stories in the book "Genesis" (in the Judeo-Christian Bible) as representing the infallible, literally-dictated Word of Almighty God.***
It will, however, make the rest of you spit beverage all over your screens, so put down what you're drinking and clicka-da-click. :D
Creationists believe that man was instantaneously created by God, based on an account in a book called "the Bible."
Several thousand years ago, a small tribe of ignorant near-savages wrote various collections of myths, wild tales, lies, and gibberish. Over the centuries, these stories were embroidered, garbled, mutilated, and torn into small pieces that were then repeatedly shuffled. Finally, this material was badly translated into several languages successively.
The resultant text, creationists feel, is the best guide to this complex and technical subject.
Wonder why they cut that from the webpage? Now go wipe off your screen. ;)
93 93/93 -- AJ
* As distinct from the process of evolution itself, which is well-established fact.
** For the record, I happen to think (though I doubt Tom Weller shares my view) that there are many passages of real beauty, and historical and spiritual value, in the Bible. It's his take on the dueling Genesis creation myths I find "unexceptionable."
*** Yes, there are two. Yes, they're mutually exclusive. Check it out!