From Wednesday's NYT.
There is the brink of insanity and then there is the abyss. The Kansas board has now flung its students straight into the yawning maw of irrationality. These are the types of idiots who would legislate that pi be made equal to 3 to simplify math standards. From this day forward any Kansas student wishing to get into an out of state college will have to overcome the presumption he or she will require remedial education. All other things being equal a Kansas student will never again get the nod from any thinking admissions board. The state will likely become a laughing stock, and rightfully so. I mean really! These people balk at changing the definition of marriage to include same gendered couples but fall all over themselves in a rush to change the definition of science to include, well, the polar opposite of science? These people are worse than zealots, they're fools.
TOPEKA, Kan., Nov. 8 - The fiercely split Kansas Board of Education voted 6 to 4 on Tuesday to adopt new science standards that are the most far-reaching in the nation in requiring that Darwin's theory of evolution be challenged in the classroom.
The standards press beyond the broad mandate for critical analysis of evolution that four other states have established in recent years, by recommending that schools teach specific points that doubters of evolution use to undermine its primacy in science education.
Among the most controversial changes was a redefinition of science itself, so that it would not be explicitly limited to natural explanations. [Disbelieving (in both senses of the word) emphasis added.]
And never forget which party embraces this idiocy. It's the party of a president who can give a speech to the nation on the danger of bird flu making the jump to humans yet still claims the jury is out on evolution. How exactly does he think that jump will be made? A late inning intelligent redesign of the virus?
Since when are fools worse than zealots?
Alas, these people are both.
come on! It's simple; the virus will be transmitted by the will of God. (note: CP has probably just damned himself to the bird flu. God, we're sorry.)
By 8:13 AM, at
Hey, that pie idea is pretty good.
According to a recent CBS poll, 55% of Americans believe that "God created humans in present form." 27% think "Humans evolved, God guided the process," and a whopping 13% think that "Humans evolved, God did not guide process."
As for the Bird Flu, doesn't it really all depend upon the symmetry of the flu cells? If they are symmetrical, then they came from God, and those who die deserve to die (kinda like Aids). If it's asymmetrical, then the flu comes from Satan, and we should nuke the fucker.
Does geometry jive with the New Testament? maybe I have to rethink this....
By 10:32 AM, at
I don't know about the New Testament but it sure doesn't jive with the Old. See this post.
[Jambo said] And never forget which party embraces this idiocy.
[Chris said] According to a recent CBS poll, 55% of Americans believe that "God created humans in present form."
...including 47% of Kerry voters. 56% of Kerry voters favor the teaching of creationism along with evolution, and 24% of Kerry voters favor teaching creationism instead of evolution. By my arithmetic, that leaves 1 in 5 that has a clue.
Which party was that again, Jambo? Yeah, the Bush voters are worse, but jeebus! those are some embarassing numbers.
Here's the link.
By 5:32 AM, at
It is obvious from reading this blog that people just don't understand what is being debated. Evolution isn't being debated- it the mechanism of evolution that is being debated.
Please take a few minutes to read the essays at the following link. It is an informal debate on Intelligent Design:
Why ID is scientific
By 7:37 AM, at
Oh please, what tripe that was. If ID is scientific why do its supporters NEVER publish in peer reviewed journals and NEVER present at scientific conferences? What does ID predict? What test can be used to disprove ID? Until someone in the movement can answer those questions no one should take it seriously.
That is freakin' hilarious -- "Evolution isn't being debated- it the mechanism of evolution that is being debated."
Then a link to a web site called evolutionfairytale.com.
Pure comedy gold, that.