Friday, August 05, 2005

Intelligent Design

No longer with we spank the monkey, the monkey will spank usI always remembered this being called creationism. Perhaps “intelligent design” is the sexy new politically-correct tag for it. Reminds me of one of the many stories that my Earth and Atmospheric Science professor would tell the class during his off-tangents. This one had to with a student of his who was a believer in intelligent design, not subscribing to evolutionist theory. Before an exam he went and spoke to the professor, telling him that he refused to answer test questions on evolution saying that if he answered them right he would holding that the theory was true. The professor suggested that on evolution questions he could start the answer with “According to Dr. St. John…” and give the answer appropriate to the question. The student followed the professor’s instruction and both had no problems afterwards. When the end of the semester came, the student filled out his course survey, stating that Professor St. John was a good lecturer and a swarm of other positive points. He ended it with “Too bad he’s still going to hell.” Ha, I hope you didn't read all this rambling because of a silly monkey picture I posted on here. Everyone loves monkeys.
”No longer will we spank the monkey, the monkey will spank us.”
Movie of the Moment: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back starring Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith

14 Comments:

At Fri Aug 05, 10:50:00 AM EDT, Blogger Danger said...

Political-correctness has nothing to do with it, this time around. This is just a way or re-packaging an old product to try and make it sell better.

One of the older ways to try and satisfy how Science and Religion could mesh was the idea of the clockwork universe with god as the clockbuilder, so to speak. He designed it with various rules and pieces then let it operate, and it does so perfectly. In this particular paradigm, God is acknowledged to exist, but any miraculous events can likely be explained through physics or some other science through the laws of nature He set down.

Intelligent design meshes in with that a bit nicer than the word 'creationist.' It turns God from this white guy with a big beard and a halo to one of those sleek fashion designers or arquitects or engineers. It also directly confronts the idea of religion as stupid by introducing the idea that the design is intelligent.

The creationists' choice of wording is clever, but it doesn't change their theory in the slightest. It would be a shame to think teaching this is any better than creationism (though I never particularly argued against creationist teaching anyway).

D

 
At Fri Aug 05, 11:30:00 AM EDT, Blogger Jack and Coke said...

I got bored reading the comment above this like 3 seconds in...cool monkey pic though

 
At Fri Aug 05, 03:55:00 PM EDT, Blogger Danger said...

Jack: strongest evidence yet against "intelligent design"

 
At Fri Aug 05, 04:20:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

The chimp sort of looks like Dubaya.

 
At Fri Aug 05, 05:02:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

Daniel: Fucked in a world of survival of the fittest.

Sorry, I just couldn't let that crack pass.

 
At Fri Aug 05, 08:54:00 PM EDT, Blogger Danger said...

That's ok. I'm doing better than ever so its utter lack of substance makes it extra-comical.

D

 
At Fri Aug 05, 09:09:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

Well, I guess this is better than your usual depressed mode. Did you find a girlfriend on WoW or something? **snicker**

 
At Fri Aug 05, 09:16:00 PM EDT, Blogger Jack and Coke said...

ZING!

 
At Fri Aug 05, 09:25:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

My, I think Daniel is getting kind of a aggressive. Do you think our experimental asexual reproducing amoeba is growing testicles, Jack?

 
At Fri Aug 05, 10:34:00 PM EDT, Blogger Jack and Coke said...

Nah, I just think his estrogen count is low

 
At Sat Aug 06, 11:18:00 AM EDT, Blogger Danger said...

You know, if the casual statement of facts is something that you two feel is an act of aggression, I think you have a few issues to work on.

While you're at that junkyard, Jack, could you get me an axe-head. Rustier the better. And then any length of chain over three feet long. And the pieces of any car's suspension system would be nice.

A can of gas would be nice (no leaks, please), a cinder block, any rim from a truck, plastic rope if any is to be found, and...that should be it, yeah.

D

 
At Sat Aug 06, 09:18:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

Aha! Daniel's taken up modern art!

 
At Mon Aug 08, 11:04:00 AM EDT, Blogger Danger said...

Oh yeah. I'll be rich and in a few years people will be commenting on these pieces of crap I slapped together. They'll ask for my inspiration or where I got my materials and I will LIE, lie through my teeth, to make sure none of you get any mention or recognition.

It'll be great, I can see it now!

 
At Mon Aug 08, 07:45:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

I figured as much, ASS. lol

 

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