Saturday, December 22, 2007
Dear Denyse: Stop being such a dishonest airhead.
True to form, Canadian ID nutbar Denyse O'Leary goes all nail-me-to-a-cross weepy over all that anti-ID bias in academia. And, just as true to form, she is utterly full of it.
If you haven't noticed the pattern by now, you're not paying attention.
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She's just so scientilicious. Note:
* Correction: Originally, the posts had said "on" a spiral arm, but Guillermo Gonzalez has kindly written me to say that my notes are in error. We are between spiral arms.
Minor issue, perhaps, but the original assumption is that the "designed" Earth is uniquely situated to explore the Galaxy because it's located on a spiral arm. Then when it's discovered it isn't, it's still uniquely positioned. If it were at the centre of the Galaxy, it would be uniquely positioned. If it were in one the Magellanic Clouds, it would still be uniquely positioned. The nature of intelligent observation is to construct sense, meaning and purpose from what we perceive around us. Without it, there is just chaos. It's a circularity people like Denyse cannot escape.
Anyway, you can present these people with the most specious or syllogistic logic and as long as it's coherent, they'll buy it.
What'll they'll never provide, however, is evidence.
I'm sure that it irks her that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is more respected than her creationist version 2.1.....
What is it with fundies that make them such asswipes? For all I care you can pray to big daddy sky god or dr roy but don't come around here trying to impose your fucking fairy tales....
ti-guy: There's more to it than that. Let's give Denyse the benefit of the doubt and accept that we're in a particularly good location to explore the rest of the galaxy.
And yet, it's precisely these right-wing dingbats who are so adamantly against funding pure science. "What good does it do me?", they'll whine, complaining about the amount of money going into, say, cosmological research.
Really, the double standards would be amusing, if they weren't so maddening.
Let's give Denyse the benefit of the doubt and accept that we're in a particularly good location to explore the rest of the galaxy.
I don't give those kinds of assertions the benefit of the doubt, because there's nothing to compare it with. We might be in a "good" position, but a "uniquely good" one? It's that type of non-scientific exceptionalism that motivates all the bad thinking around intelligent design.
we're not uniquely positioned; we're magically positioned....
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