"...I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me..." [Deuteronomy 5:8-10]

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Uncommonly Undecent

"The time has come," DaveScot said,
"To blog of many things:
Of prizes--math--design inf'rence--
Of morality--Dawkins--
Why the sun's not boiling hot--
And the use of a half-a-wing."

after Lewis Carroll

I mean to blog on so many things. Cloverfield. Veils. Crazy music. Archbishops. Guitar lessons. The nihilism of UK politics in the early twenty-first century. Woo and season four of Lost.

But this week, I have been blogging mainly about the ongoing insanity at Uncommon Descent ("UD"). Where else could the "Blogczar" publicly humiliate a lead ("morphodyke") blogger, say christians who eat meat go to hell, delete several threads, then carry on as if nothing had happened?

Meanwhile the UD stream-of-consciouslessness rolls on, with threads on how tornadoes, picture compression, Nature magazine, the Catholic Church, C S Lewis, John McCain, Evo-devo, Artificial Intelligence, Alfred Wallace, intuition, Mendelism, quantum physics, mathematics, insults, hybridization, fossils and Richard Dawkin's book advances all prove that Darwin was wrong and Jebus lives.

It's a running gag in the microscopic world of tard blogging that no-one reads Uncommon Descent, except sock-puppets and a hand-ball team of voodoo engineers. Indeed, a cursory examination of Google Trends shows that Intelligent Design's impact on the zeitgeist has been negligible:

"I also don’t think that there is really a theory of intelligent design at the present time to propose as a comparable alternative to the Darwinian theory, which is, whatever errors it might contain, a fully worked out scheme. There is no intelligent design theory that’s comparable. Working out a positive theory is the job of the scientific people that we have affiliated with the movement. Some of them are quite convinced that it’s doable, but that’s for them to prove... No product is ready for competition in the educational world."
- Philip Johnson, 2006

Meanwhile William Dembski whines about Dawkins outselling him and pins the absurd Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth on the chest of Holocaust-exploiting snake-oil salesman Ben Stein.

All science so far.

But why, then, does nearly half of the US population believe man did not evolve from earlier lifeforms? Could they be right and science be wrong? Or is this not about science at all? Is it about something else?

Uncommon Descent's Denyse O'Leary argues that the media overstates both the power of the Religious Right and the support for evolution. She wants more power for the first and less for the second. She wants us to embrace religion and disregard science for our own moral good.

But despite UD's rhetoric to the contrary, many religious people accept the scientific evolution for with their faith in God. Many also see that ID is bad theology as well as bad science.

That's why every time the "Intelligent Design" movement is mentioned, it should be alongside the mendacious, hypocritical, and pratfall-slapstick words and behavior of it's leaders.

CBEB's Update 18 Jan:
St. Denyse of Leary cries about persecution, then asks for more


"I hate to disappoint the church burnin’ ebola boys but I won’t be commenting on UD in the future. I just told the smarmy Canadian cross dresser [Denyse O'Leary] to go fuck itself in an email. It would have banned me in any case as it’s nowhere near as cool as Bill Dembski. The stick up its disgusting ass could make a redwood feel inadequate. I’m going to go ahead and forgive Bill for this monumental brainfart as he’s going through some long term bad shit on the homefront with a sick child. I felt bad about bailing out on him at a time like this but he forced my hand. No big deal... P.S. if my dog was as ugly as the Canadian cross dresser I’d shave his ass and teach him to walk backwards... HAHAHA - I kill me sometimes!"
- DaveScot, Blogzcar of Uncommon Descent

Edited into shape and to add an easter egg link.

1 comment:

Rich Hughes said...

Guitar Lessons? Atta boy.

I play and collect. Funk and Disco, baby.