30 November 2009

Darwin Redesigned Update

Follow this link to a Huffington Post blurb about my prior post.

28 November 2009

24 November 2009

Food Arithmetic

Quality ingredients,
plus clever name,
equalsgastrointestinal aftermath

Same product,
plus same picture,
plus new color scheme,
equals new clever name.

Do I have to beat you over the head with it?

Production cost,
minus living wage,
minus reasonable benefits
equals low overhead/cheap "food".

18 November 2009

Darwin Intelligently Re-Designed

Today on campus a bunch of people were passing out free copies of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species. At first I thought they were from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group who has locally sponsored advertisements on the sides of Metro city busses. The ads feature a cartoon of Santa Claus saying "Yes Virginia! There is no God." see HERE.
Anyway I decided to ask these Darwin peddlers who the hell they were.
I was given the runaround and had to be very blunt.
"What organization do you represent?"
"We represent ourselves."
"That's not an organization, what is your organization?"
etc, etc.
Turns out they are a christian evangelical organization. (Although the guy I talked to denied they were religious, he proudly declared that they were christian.)
The copies of Origin?, they had a foreword by an evangelical minister. I later heard while walking by some more of these people (on campus in swarms like fleas on a rat) peddling their snake oil:
"We're just trying to give people both points of view, because y'know, Darwin said that if his theory was proved wrong he would back down."

I must say, I am really impressed by the evenhanded and fair way in which these people are trying to approach the issue of evolution. Presenting both points of view because there is so much uncertainty about evolution and creationism. Both are totally legitimate theories backed up by vast amounts of research and evidence. It's really hard to tell.
Even Charles Darwin wasn't sure, afterall he studied theology and was a christian but published his book despite a great moral struggle over the fact that it contradicted his faith.
So good on you evangelists whose organization I forgot, thanks for giving us all a firm anchor in nonsense through outright deceit and misapropriation of a book and author of which you clearly have almost zero knowledge.
And good on me for not losing my blinkers and stabbing a fool.

17 November 2009

Thinking as Cultural Toxin

"Perhaps the thing most evident of all is how new and varied become the problems we must ponder when we face the economics of affluence of the [culture] in which we live.

It is easy to see why the conventional wisdom resists so stoutly any change. It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought."

Adapted from "The Dependence Effect" which appears in The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith, Houghton Mifflin, 1958