Sunday, February 15, 2009
Borrowing Padre Mickey's bunny for a second
No, not the departed Bunrab, filthiest toy in the house, but the bunny who proclaims the Dance Party house rule "Sucky losers not allowed."
Here the happy bunny expresses a sentiment the whole world can agree with: Make the stupid people shut up.
As Charles Darwin turned 200 this week, evolution and natural selection have been much in the news. Many news organizations reported a Gallup poll as saying most Americans do not believe in evolution, but the actual numbers were 39% believe, 25% do not believe and 36% were not sure. Let us recall that Bush's popularity at the end was around 25%. It might be the exact same people.
Among the people in that lowest quartile was a commenter on a recent sfgate.com article about some believers suing the UC chancellors because a page on the university's website says that science and religion can be reconciled. The believers want no such reconciliation and think that sentiment is a sign of government establishing a religion. Here is what bayviewmom had to say.
School students have bred millions of generations of fruit flys over the years, and still not a single fruit fly has grown feathers. Where is the evolution?
How many dumb ideas can you cram into two sentences? Probably not as many as bayviewmom did. Leaving alone the misspelling of "flies", let's go over some of the other little mistakes.
1. Did we check all the fruit flies for feathers? No, we didn't, because these experiments weren't looking for that, except the ones being run by people as stupid as bayviewmom, and I'm not sure how many people that is. It could be as high as 25%, but I really hope it's below 5%.
2. For the sake of argument, if one of those unchecked fruit flies did grow a feather, would this new growth give this fly an advantage over his compatriots? Probably not, since as the name implies, fruit flies can already fly, even without feathers.
3. Let's say I pray fervently for years for a thing that I never get. Let's say the thing I pray for is close to impossible, like world peace or a stain free pomegranate. Is my specific ungranted prayer proof of the non-existence of God? I'm pretty sure bayviewmom would say no, and this time, she would be right.
The more I read this, I think there is a chance that bayviewmom is a make-believe non-believer, a goof by someone who does believe in evolution, the principal organizing concept in biology today, trying to make the stupid last standers look even more stupid than they actually are.