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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:20 am 
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I thought there would be a thread on this already, but I couldn't find one.

Anyway, read the following and weep.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/02/ ... esign/#p3n

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There are corners of my state where they think the Enlightenment is what happens when you flip that switch on the wall. Sorry about that.

The dingleb...legislator in question says he's a huge science buff, by the way.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:16 pm 
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Changing what words actually mean is certainly a novel approach to the problem. Think of all the disagreements we could solve with that tactic...

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:17 pm 
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And now I have one more reason not to raise a kid in Missouri (as if chiggers weren't enough).

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The one redeeming feature of chiggers is that they can't digest what they bite out of humans, so even as you wish you would die, they do.

That's one more redeeming feature than the legislator in question has.

I'm not particularly concerned about it. There's always some yahoo proposing some version of an ID thing, and Monsanto always makes sure it doesn't make it out of committee, because it would be that much harder to attract scientists here. It's the one useful thing they do IMO, apart from fund my son's education via property taxes.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:27 pm 
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How embarrassing.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 7:03 pm 
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Most of the furore regarding intelligent design as a concept that ought to be taught is that western society is still in reaction against
the deism that was popular in the Englightenment. Which became compulsory by Victorian times. This is why Egyptology, for example is so blinkered and hidebound. It is an intellectual discipline founded by people determined to prove the historicity of Biblical stories. Many of those prejudices are absolutely fundamental to it.

Many people want to blame the controversy over the notion of say, Intelligent Design are concerned about the revival of the sort of fundamntal Pentacostalism that was popular in conservative circles in the 1980s/90s.
The hyper-materialist epistemology, based in Democretean atomism and Epicureanism is something the upper crust of 2d entury Rome would recognize. The idea that there is any mindedness to the reality we inhabit is absolute anathema. Many fear that if we were to even take such a notion at all seriously, then we would be back to rule by theocrats, women would be confined to the home, &c.


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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 3:11 am 
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Choosing between ID and Monsanto? Talk about Charybdis and Scylla.

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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 5:14 am 
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Monsanto?

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