Thursday, September 28, 2006


I came across a nice bit of satire, aimed at the argument for Intelligent. Its form is basically that of a reductio ad absurdum.

Advocates for Intelligent Design maintain that their account of the origins of life on Earth should be taught in the science classroom, in part because it is supposed to fill in "holes" in the theory of evolution, in part because ID is itself supposed to be a scientific theory backed by evidence . . . of some sort.

Well, if they are correct, then the science classroom should be open to any account of the origins of life on Earth that has as much or more actual scientific validity as ID, including the theory that life on Earth began when the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) strecthed out His Noodly Appendage . . .

So argued the author of an open letter to the state school board in Kansas.

I don't really have anything much to say about this, except that I do indeed think this is a very fine bit of satire. I would add, however, that I am still holding out for the Great Green Arkleseizure.

By the way, followers of the FSM are known as Pastafarians, and are supposed to dress like pirates. Followers of the FSM have cobbled together a graph that "proves" that global climate change is a direct result of a decline in the number of people who dress like pirates, a decline that has apparently made the FSM angry.

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