Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Olbermann Gets it Right

After my afternoon calculus class (finding volumes by the method of cylindrical shells - fun!) I will be jaunting off to Eastern Virginia to catch Eugenie Scott's presentation. So only brief blogging today.

This is a good opportunity to give a big shout-out to Keith Olbermann, host of the MSNBC show Countdown, for his show from Wednesday the 23rd. He has a humorous segment on the show in which he picks out the three worst people or groups for the day. Typically these are people who have either done really sleazy things, or else are people who did very stupid things. So who took the top prize last Wedensday?


But the winners, those fine folks behind the intelligent design nonsense. Because of them, the new exhibition of the work of Charles Darwin at the American Museum of Natural History in New York cannot find any corporate sponsors. The corporations are afraid they might tick off the intelligent design guys.

The folks who dreamt up intelligent design, the same people who brought you the world is flat, the earth is at the center of the universe, and let‘s burn a scientist at the stake today. Today‘s worst persons in the world!


Well said.

And just to head off any indignant commenters, no, I don't believe that ID proponents really want to burn scientists at the stake.

8 Comments:

At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Fred said...

no, I don't believe that ID proponents really want to burn scientists at the stake.

Of course not! They're much better deep fried! :-)

 
At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, I don't believe that ID proponents really want to burn scientists at the stake.

No, that stuff comes with the thick end of the wedge, when they can actually practice their religion openly.

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous J-Dog said...

"no, I don't believe that iD proponents really want to burn scientists at the stake" - two words for you: Nehamiah Scudder... Be afraid, be very afraid!

 
At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect the New All-American Inquisition will simply demand equal time to speak nonsense to science (e.g., teach ID in science classes). Most people will find the nonsense both easier to understand and more pleasing to their ego. Thus attacking science successfully without making martyrs.
VKW

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger John Wilkins said...

Only because they'd end up in jail. But if there were no penalties? They behave like animals, they would :-)

 
At 3:22 AM, Anonymous Ian H Spedding said...

Only because they'd end up in jail. But if there were no penalties? They behave like animals, they would :-)

By coincidence, as I write this, I'm listenening to a BBC Radio 4 discussion about Thomas Hobbes...

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger Mark said...

John Wilkins said...
Only because they'd end up in jail. But if there were no penalties? They behave like animals, they would :-)

Thats funny! Since it is you that believes that we come from animals!

Just remember that just because a person labels themselves to be of a certain religion does not mean that they are a true example of that religion.

Mark

 
At 3:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, then what IS a true example of a certified member of a religion? I really would like to know the criterion required to determine if a person is a true example of a religion.

MJS II

 

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