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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Intelligent Design vs Global Warming

This should put an end to all the questions on the acceptance of global warming as a perfectly viable theory.

Via Atrios, we find that the scientifically trained yet dogged global warming denier, Dr. Roy Spencer of U. of Alabama, also pushes for Intelligent Design.
One finally comes to the conclusion that, despite vigorous protests, belief in evolution and intelligent design are matters of faith.

Everything that good ol' Roy has said in the past needs reconsideration. This includes all his pals, too. Fess up. Tell us all how science remains a matter of belief and that you prejudice your findings based on your own religious belief.

This is so rich. We should rename Spencer's house of worship Tech Central Abbey under the leadership of Friar James (Dobson) Glassman.

17 Comments:

Professor Blogger monkeygrinder said...

[Spence]
"Twenty years ago, as a PhD scientist, I intensely studied the evolution versus intelligent design controversy for about two years. And finally, despite my previous acceptance of evolutionary theory as "fact," I came to the realization that intelligent design, as a theory of origins, is no more religious, and no less scientific, than evolutionism."

Twenty years ago, intelligent design didn't exist as a concept. This guy is clearly pickled in his jar of beliefs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_design
"The phrase "intelligent design", used in this sense, first appeared in Christian creationist literature, including the textbook Of Pandas and People (Haughton Publishing Company, Dallas, 1989). The term was promoted more broadly by the retired legal scholar Phillip E. Johnson following his 1991 book Darwin on Trial. Johnson is the program advisor of the Center for Science and Culture and is considered the father of the intelligent design movement."

Being somewhat of an aficionado of the creation / evolution debate, (although I don't spend much time with it anymore), the intelligent design didn't gain currency beyond a few throwaway sentences until the marketing started in the latter 90's.

So Spence, to put it bluntly, was studying creationism in it's pure unindirect form, not "ID" twenty years ago.

Wot a scholar. And his global warming piece was great. Gave me some ideas on how not to write satire.

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Professor Blogger SW said...

"evolutionism".... what a fucking wanker.

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Professor Blogger WHT said...

Spencer is kind of like the software developer who claimed to have 20 years of experience in the Java programming language.

When pressed on the time discrepancy, he would likely say he invented it but it took several years for his ideas to get out.

Truly a wanka-danker.

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Professor Blogger Guambat Stew said...

Saw your post on DailyKos about Abramoff and Guam and followed you to your blog, where again I find some common interests. But quickly as to the ID "debate", I recall from childhood church going that the answer to "who/what is God?" was the old testament quote "I am that I am". Popeye said something similar, "I yam what I yam". I believe Darwin looked at critters and said "he ain't what he used to be". I find it ironic that the guys who won't accept we come from monkeys are trying to make monkeys out of us by drawing us into that ridiculous argument. Now may I offer you some of my posts?: http://guambatstew.blogspot.com/2005/08/correction-and-update-re-abramoff.html and http://guambatstew.blogspot.com/2005/08/sounds-like-intelligent-design-to-me.html

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Professor Blogger WHT said...

That's why I limit my excursions into ID land to the occasional foray. They ain't going to make a monkey out of me!

Off to check on the Abramoff linkage.

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