Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Intelligent design by Bush

There are just so many bad jokes waiting to be told about this story. But they'd all be funnier if the Leader of the free world wasn't George Bush. Then again, almost anything would be funnier if Dubya wasn't President. KWIM?

In a sit down round table with a bunch of cronies, er, Texas reporters, Bush opined that schools should be teaching "intelligent design" in addition to evolution. According to this article intelligent design means "life on earth is too complex to have developed through evolution, implying that a higher power must have had a hand in creation".

While I was painting my music room today, my husband and I had a chat about various and sundry, including this topic. Great minds agreed, so we must be right. Evolution is a scientific theory. A student might run into it in biology or earth science. Intelligent design is a philosophy--or a religious viewpoint. A student might run into it in philosophy or religion.

There is no reason to teach intelligent design alongside evolution, because it's apples and oranges. This is just the latest in the multitudinous attempts of the religious right to get evolution knocked down a peg and get God knocked up a peg. Not that I'm suggesting they want to get God knocked up or anything . . . . Hmm.

During the interview, Bush said, "I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought." Do you think that happened to him at Yale? I'm guessing the only school of thought he was exposed to at Yale was the theory of "party hearty". Or perhaps "embrace mediocrity". Clearly, he didn't attend any classes in logic. What a different world we might be living in had he done so.

Too tired to be chipper, cheerful or wry this evening. Paul Hackett lost in Ohio. Not a surprise, but still a disappointment. Good news is Hackett ran a good race and ran it as a bold Democrat. Yes!

Until tomorrow,


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