Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Let Them Eat Intelligent Design

The debate about teaching intelligent design in our schools amuses me. Science with a capital "S" should stop being such a coward. I say let them teach intellligent design in school. Let each student of this fair nation be presented both cases...

1. Intelligent Design (can somebody explain to me how death is intelligent?)
2. Science

... and let them determine for themselves what is right and what is wrong. I have full faith that the Intelligent Design crowd will lose more students than they gain. Here's why: Intelligent Design is a bunch of snake oil and Science is not. Science isn't perfect but when's the last time the "supreme being" crowd put a rover on Mars?

Think of two photographs -- one of Rachel Wacholder (Science)

and one of Margaret Thatcher (Intelligent Design).

Now choose. If you pick Rachel Wacholder, congratulations, you are a) heterosexual, b) scientific. If you pick Margaret Thatcher, my condolences, you are a) right wing, b) Intelligent Design. More people are going to pick Rachel because she looks hot in a bikini, and once people see Science and Intelligent Design side by side they're going to choose the academic discipline that looks hot in a bikini -- and that hardbody is Science.

Teaching Intelligent Design in our schools also helps us weed out those in society who are too moronic to serve any useful function. Students who choose Intelligent Design over Science are telling us not to expect too much from them in the future.

For example, look at our President, who said just yesterday, "...You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes..." Unless, I suppose, that idea is evolution (or that Iraq is a mess, or that government is to serve the people, etc). That's what amuses me the most about this debate. The Christian right that supports Intelligent Design has had 2005 years to shove their religion down our throats (and swords if that didn't work), yet Darwin's theory of evolution has only been around 150 years. If anything, the concepts that form the core of Intelligent Design have enjoyed two thousand years of saturation advertising and billions and billions of people have rejected it. Teaching Intelligent Design in our schools is going to expand the number of people exposed to this bogus nonsense and, subsequently, the more people will reject it. So I say, in the words of our Intelligent Design President, "Bring 'em on."


1 comment:

Crackpot Press said...

And believe it or Big Rick from Penn agrees with ya!