Wednesday, December 28, 2005


Laughably Misguided

The New York Times' Cornelia Dean reports that scientists "have long marshaled heavy intellectual weapons in their battle to keep creationism and its cousin, intelligent design, out of the nation's public schools.

... "now guerrilla forces are joining the fray, with an unorthodox weapon: laughter.

"On Web sites, with games and in silly songs, they advance the idea that creationism and its doctrinal relative, intelligent design, are not just misguided - they are laughably misguided."

Here's an example from Dean's piece: "Marching Song of the Incompetents," by Donald U. Wise, an emeritus professor of geology at the University of Massachusetts, which describes the ills to which the human body is prey, as a result from the way evolution produced Homo sapiens from our hominid ancestors. It's sung to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic:"

My bones proclaim a story of incompetent design
My back still hurts, my sinus clogs, my teeth just won't align
If I had drawn the blueprint I would certainly resign
Incompetent Design!
Evo-Evo-Evolution. Design is but a mere illusion
Darwin sparked our revolution. Science shall prevail!


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