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August 03, 2005

Bush simultaneously espouses, disproves "Intelligent Design"

The president has gone on record, in his usual "speaking in code to the Talibaptists" mode, as supporting the teaching of so-called "Intelligent Design" in schools as an "alternative" to evolution in explaining why living things are the way they are.

And we're supposed to take the idea seriously, given this? I mean come on. I've worked with some untalented designers in the past. But really.

It's especially implausible when you think about the beautiful raw material any such "designer" would have had available from which they could work. Piercing, intelligent eyes, a tradition of growing cerebral cortexes bringing alertness to one's surroundings and an increasing capacity for cooperation, a heightened appreciation for creative endeavor and a refined aesthetic sense, and a keen curiosity about the world around them, and we're expected to believe that some designer just chucked all that away in favor of the blankest of all blank slates?

I suppose it's possible. I suppose someone might raze Stonehenge to put in a Wal*Mart, or slap a coat of semi-gloss eggshell on the Sistine Chapel's ceiling.

But any designer who had those resources and came up with this , I'd fire in a heartbeat. Just saying.

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Thanks for the laugh! I needed it.

Posted by: Stephanie at August 3, 2005 01:47 PM
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The picture shows of course, Mr. Bush’s perfect imitation of a chimpanzee vocalization called the pant-hoot.

Posted by: OGeorge at August 3, 2005 06:46 PM
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Chris, thanks for this. I've been trying to say something about it for two days, but couldn't. This is it though! Haha. Boohoo.

Posted by: ae at August 4, 2005 06:32 PM
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