Sunday, August 21, 2005

Intelligent design, unintelligent Frist

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who "diagnosed" Terri Schiavo by videotape and later flip-flopped on stem-cell research, has defended the teaching of so-called "intelligent design" alongside evolution. Donklephant has the story, and the links, here.

Two questions:

1) What does Frist's continuing inanity (stem-cell flip-flop notwithstanding) say about Harvard Medical School? Is he, a graduate of that illustrious institution, just an anomaly?

2) How does "intelligent design" account for Frist himself? How is he, one of America's leading political figures, a product of some omniscient prime mover? While we're at it, how is he even a product of Darwinian evolution?

Answers to any and all of the above would be much appreciated.

(See here for a good article on the evolution/ID debate. Needless to say, I side with the Darwinians on this one, though I acknowledge that the theory of evolution doesn't provide all the answers -- it's a scientific theory, after all, not some convenient belief dreamed up as a euphemism for creationism!)

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  • No one has anything intelligent to say on ID? I think this is a fascinating resurgence in the interest of faith over reason. Weren't the sciences emphasized so we could all grow up and build weaponry to kill the enemy?
    Fortunatley, no one has proposed teaching an intelligent alternative to gravity or molecular physics. Yet.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:37 PM  

  • Frist really is a piece of work, isn't he? You can almost see the cartoon angel and devil on each of his shoulders whispering in his ears.

    "Say what you believe..."

    "Don't listen to him, if you want to be President you must pander to the religious right"

    "But it goes against all your training..."

    "So what, you don't elected for being right."

    Etc. Etc.

    By Blogger A.L., at 6:58 PM  

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