The Stupid-Driven Life — Part XI

Six months have passed since we added to our “Stupid Driven” series, in which we offer disconnected observations we’ve made while reporting on The Controversy between evolution and creationism. These are sometimes taken from our earlier articles, but all of them were inspired by reading and analyzing the “work” of creationists.

For earlier episodes in this thrilling series, see: Part I, followed by Part II, and then Part III, and then Part IV, and then Part V, and then Part VI, and then Part VII, and then Part VIII, and then Part IX, and most recently Part X. Okay, here we go:

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Nature is an elusive wench. She teases us as we pursue her, yielding a little bit of her charms every now and then to those she deems worthy, but she never yields completely. We keep chasing her because we have no choice. She won’t come knocking at your door. She plays hard to get, but so what? She’s the only girl in town.

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Politicians’ speeches are like a harlot’s cries of ecstasy. No one takes that stuff seriously; it’s just part of the service. With politicians, all that matters is their record of results, not the noises they make.

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Our non-US readers may not know the expression used in Texas to describe a pretentious but ineffective blowhard: All hat and no cattle. That has inspired your Curmudgeon’s description of theology: All talk and no data.

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What is to be done about a segment of society — a large segment — that refuses to recognize reality? Our answer is … nothing. If they leave us alone, we should leave them alone. If they get aggressive and try to force their dogma upon us, then uncompromising resistance is essential.

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What should you do if you find yourself in an encounter with a creationist true believer? Recognize that if such people are no longer of school age, they are hopelessly lost. Whether they’re merely ignorant, mentally deficient, or truly insane makes no difference — they don’t want to learn and they don’t think they need to. In their view of things, you are the one who needs help.

Don’t debate with a creationist and don’t disagree with him; that’s potentially dangerous. Don’t try to change his mind — he has no mind. You’ll have to fake it until you can extricate yourself. Let the creationist speak. If he pauses, waiting for some response, say something safe like: “Praise the Lord!” or “I didn’t know that.” Then make your getaway as quickly as you can.

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If humans are intelligently designed, why is there any need for occupations like optometry and dentistry?

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The “scientific theory” about a magical, mystical, non-materialistic intelligent designer — blessed be he! — is nothing but that old-time religion, repackaged in fancy terminology. It’s a pathetic disguise, rather like a withered hag who dresses in what the young girls are wearing, jazzes herself up with a frizzy hairdo, puts on way too much makeup, and then goes out to a disco (if such still exist) looking for romance.

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The conflict between science and religion is as absurd as a conflict between opera and baseball. Some people like one, often passionately, but have no interest in the other. Some people enjoy both, and there are others who don’t care for either one. So it is with science and religion. They’re entirely different activities that have nothing in common at all — and neither conflicts with or opposes the other. Alleged conflicts are nothing more than hooliganism, and when science is confronted with it, accommodationalist attitudes amount to cowardice.

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16 responses to “The Stupid-Driven Life — Part XI

  1. Re “If humans are intelligently designed, why is there any need for occupations like optometry and dentistry?” The answer is that Christianity is all about demeaning us as individuals (we are refered to in the Bible as “slaves,” “unworthy,” “beneath notice,” “sinners,” etc. It is easier to control people who have no self-esteem. So, to answer your question it is “because we have squandered God’s gifts because we are unworthy, etc. etc.”

  2. I’m terribly sorry to break this awful news to you, but this blog’s author and most of us commenting here have a newly-identified mental disorder. I guess it was inevitable.

  3. A most informative link, Con-Tester. We’re told:

    In the last 50 years, the DSM-IV [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders] has gone from 130 to 357 mental illnesses. … New mental illnesses identified by the DSM-IV include arrogance, narcissism, above-average creativity, cynicism, and antisocial behavior.

    We’re all a bunch of sickos!

  4. The Curmudgeon observes: “Nature is an elusive wench.”
    To which I would add that in my working days, I would tell the young geophysicists and geologists who came to work with me that “we are here to pick at the lock on Mother Nature’s chastity belt.”

  5. Yes, it’s a regular One Whole Flock Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in here, isn’t it? 😉

  6. SC: “Politicians’ speeches are like a harlot’s cries of ecstasy. No one takes that stuff seriously; it’s just part of the service. With politicians, all that matters is their record of results, not the noises they make.”

    Well-said! And guess which one winds up costing you so much more…

  7. I recently came across Johnson’s “Defeating Darwinism” in my local library – on the freakin’ science shelves, of all places. Has anyone ever successfully convinced their librarian to switch a creation science/ID book from science to religion?

  8. Our Curmudgeon> writes

    Our non-US readers may not know the expression used in Texas to describe a pretentious but ineffective blowhard: All hat and no cattle.

    We have a precisely equivalent phrase in the UK: All mouth and no trousers.

  9. The conflict between science and religion is as absurd as a conflict between opera and baseball. Some people like one, often passionately, but have no interest in the other. Some people enjoy both, and there are others who don’t care for either one.

    Admit it, SC; you secretly watch the musical comedy “Damned Yankees,” in your private quarters in the CITADEL whilst touching yourself. You think you can bring up opera and baseball in the same sentence and NOT have us figure out your fetish? Ha!

  10. Longie, was that the best you could do for your third comment of the month?

  11. What the hell is Longshadow’s avatar an image of?

  12. Diogenes asks: “What the hell is Longshadow’s avatar an image of?”

    It’s the outhouse at Monticello.

  13. It’s a wascally wabbit.

  14. I live in Monticello, and I can attest to the fact we all have indoor plumbing. Enlarge the image, and you can see that it is a rabbit as Longfellow Longshadow states. Why it’s wearing a collar is a mystery, however.

  15. Ha! Make that Longshadow, not Longfellow. I like your writing, Longie, but you’re not that good.

  16. The rabbit wore a collar so I could put a leash on her. Sort of like the Eiffel Tower, which was built so they could put a red light on top.