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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Edjumacation President

Intelligent design in the classroom, Mr. President? We are not surprised. How could we be?

W didn't get elected by appealing to his base's hunger for raw knowledge. The scientific method, that touchstone of Western civilization's idea of progress, has been replaced by the political method. This -- characterized by lying, character assassination and a fuzzy relationship with reality -- won W reelection and reaffirmed the GOP's control over Congress. It's hard to argue with success, right?

Their failure to embrace what seems fully embraceable science (evolution, global warming, etc) has nothing to do with their fealty to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. I suspect their reluctance also has little to do with Schrodinger's cat - though that could be argued as a reason we invaded Iraq; to find out if the cat's got the WMD we have to rip open the box and look in for ourselves.

Such epic uncertainty in the face of mountains of evidence should be worrisome to everyone -- W's political foes and friends alike. If he can be so uncertain on issues in which virtually everyone not already on the WH payroll (or Exxon Mobil's) is already in basic agreement on, maybe he's got other things backwards too?

Maybe Iraq wasn't part of the broader conflict against Al Qaeda and its ilk?
Maybe cutting billions of dollars in taxes for the very wealthiest isn't the way to right a listing economy?
Maybe deficits do matter?

Why should we take their word on anything if they can be so mushy-headed on cold hard SCIENCE?

UPDATE: The Kansas School Board wanted intelligent design, so now they've got it. Courtesy of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.


Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

What you said, CHB.

8/03/2005 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo. CHB. Working on your lunch hour. I bet that's more than W does.

8/04/2005 9:38 AM  
Blogger strategery4 said...

Isn't Dubya himself kindof a walking case against intelligent design -- particularly when he talks. I mean, it sounds like random mutations to me. Then again I guess it's hard to see any "survival of the fittest" going on there either, so . . .

Ironic too that these guys are probably all Social Darwinists. Kinda goes hand in hand with forgetting the stuff Jesus supposedly said about how to treat the poor, the odds of a rich man getting into heaven, etc.

8/04/2005 7:33 PM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

i think jesus spoke at some length about the shame of the death tax and the injustice of capital gains assessments. i think.

8/05/2005 8:30 AM  
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8/11/2005 12:48 PM  

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