(No, you don’t have to name the bird in that picture. It’s a purple-throated carib.)
Our last creative challenge was more than two months ago, so it’s time for another. This one will be difficult.
Few things in nature are as lovely as a hummingbird dining on nectar. The picture above this post is from Wikipedia, which they say is freely available for use. Hummingbirds are known as Nectarivores. In contrast, there is the Dung beetle, your Curmudgeon’s favorite insect. They not only devour, they also live in the waste of larger animals, and we certainly don’t recommend their style of living. Nevertheless, they make the world a better place. Also, Dung Beetles Navigate by the Stars.
Then there are creationists, the subject of today’s challenge. In the context of science, they are weakly analogous to dung beetles, in that they seek out and thrive on rejected, disproved, and worthless ideas. A biological analogy might describe them as creatures who live off the waste of dung beetles. That is, they eagerly seek and devour that which has been found indigestible by two previous levels of organisms.
But our biological analogy fails because creationists are nowhere near as noble as dung beetles in their overall effect. Creationists don’t make the world better by consuming and thus reducing the amount of waste. Instead, they make things worse by not only preserving intellectual waste — but also by adding to it.
So now we get to the challenge. The dung beetle’s name is sufficiently descriptive, and the hummingbird is a nectarivore. We’re looking for a biological description of creationists which indicates their proper place in the intellectual food chain. The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully. Challenging indeed!
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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