ACCORDING to the Salem hypothesis, engineering types — and that often includes computer scientists — have a tendency toward the creationist viewpoint.
And according to the Curmudgeon’s Conjecture of Dental Destiny (the CCDD), which we announced here: Creationism, Darwinism, Dentistry, & the Devil, the study and practice of dentistry corresponds with a strong likelihood of being a creationist.
We’ve made a few other attempts to describe the creationist motivation. See The Mind of a Creationist — Inductophobia, and also see Creationism: Purity of Essence, and our attempt at satire: The Theory of Abominable Befuddlement.
We are now moving beyond those early attempts to understand the mysteries of the creationist mind. Today, dear reader, your Curmudgeon is going where no man has gone before. We are announcing to a stunned world our latest hypothesis about the creationist disorder.
Here, as we have done in the past, we distinguish between: (a) someone who believes in a creator; and (b) someone who also believes in creationism. The former is likely to be a gentle soul and doesn’t concern us. The latter is a “creationist,” who not only believes things for which there is no evidence, but who insists on beliefs that are contradicted by readily observable evidence, and who denies tested, well-supported scientific theories. Creationists are reality-deniers, and the malignant ones (the only creationists who concern us) want to impose their ideas on everyone else.
Some of the background for this comes from an earlier post: Creationism, Socialism, and Intelligent Design, where we summarized our thinking about creationism and economics. We said:
THE intellectual connection between free enterprise, political freedom, and the theory of evolution is an old subject for us. We’ve previously discussed Darwin’s theory in connection with free-market economics. For example, see: Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand and Charles Darwin’s Natural Selection. And this: Economics, Intelligent Design, and Evolution. We like this one too: Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Barack Obama.
We recently expanded on that in Creationism’s Missing Link, in which we said that a certain creationist whose essays appear in Pravda clearly illustrates that creationism’s advocates and apologists are all the same — whether they’re in Seattle or in Russia. They promote their irrational nonsense using the same tactics (i.e., lies) for the same purpose — which is power. We pointed out the unspoken unity that exists across all political boundaries to motivate creationists — blind hatred of reason and all its works. We even identified the common ancestry of both William Jennings Bryan and Vladimir Lenin — the ancestor is anti-Enlightenment insanity.
Our thinking has now progressed to the stage where we can confidently announce the Curmudgeon’s Conjecture Connecting Creationism with a Craving for Compulsory Conduct Controls (the CCCCCCCC).
This properly avoids claiming that all creationists are socialists, because some of them aren’t. Nor do we claim that all creationists are “family values” types who want to control everyone’s private life. Again, some creationists aren’t like that (but the overlap is impressive).
What we do suggest is that the person who finds creationism appealing — that is, one who is obsessed with the idea that some intelligent agency planned and caused our existence — is the same kind of person who is attracted to the idea of governmental controls over the population. Such controls may be imposed over private relationships, economic activities, education, religion, or whatever. For some it’s all of the above.
The common thread that unites the statist tyrant and the theocratic creationist is that they’re both authoritarians. Such people are the opposite of those who advocate reasoned liberty and all the other benefits derived from the principles of the Enlightenment — including limited government, free enterprise, and freedom of scientific inquiry.
To put it another way: Anyone (the engineers and dentist we’ve discussed before are trivial examples) who is convinced that he knows best how everyone should behave and live and think, and who further imagines that his vision is so magnificent that it should be imposed on everyone, also has a tendency to believe in creationism — or intelligent design.
To put it a third way: The theocrat, the autocrat, the technocrat, and the despotic bureaucrat, although their religious ideas may differ, aren’t very different at all. And none of them is a friend of liberty.
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