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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Darwin Weeps

For the first time ever, viewers were allowed a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Miss USA Pageant!!! (Who the hell cares?!! I know, I can't believe our luck either!) Take a look at these interviews with the contestants as they answer the question "Should evolution be taught in school?" Then poke your eyes out with a fork and pour acid in your ears because once seen and heard, it can't be unseen and unheard. I'm thinking of becoming an ex-pat.

Now, how about "Should math be taught in school?" Gotta love Miss Vermont!


  1. Sorry Mouse, but there is no way I am spending 14 minutes and 48 seconds of my life listening to pageant girls pretend to sound smart.

    ...and you can't make me!

    Kelly @ My Joy Project

    PS I did watch the other video (cuz I happened to have exactly 2:15 to spare just now) and had a good giggle :)

  2. As the famous line so aptly sais "They walk among us".

  3. O.M.G. Are you freaking kidding me??? These women are freakin stupid!!! I so needed a laugh today!

  4. I think the best one was the Maths one where she says, on one side there's maths and on the other side there's hmmmmmm nonmaths! LOL

    And no ones knows the square root of 16 - no one does!!!

  5. I don't think I'll believe my eyes and ears from now on. I'll have to find a new source of evidence!

  6. "Alchemy, Scientology, gymnastics . . . "

  7. In lieu of asking them to respond to a question orally, I think that they should have been shown a picture of 'math' and a picture of 'evolution' and have them choose one to try to win a banana. Come on, we do it with other 'species'.

  8. I didn't find the first one that hard to watch. They're 20-odd year old beauty queens. But the second one...oh dear. Oh. dear.

  9. If I'm going to do the poking and the acid anyway, why would I start the torture earlier. So as far as watching the videos ,lets not and say we did.

  10. I don't know why you're so shocked that people don't share your beliefs. Unfortunately, evolutionism has become a religion of its own, in which doubt is taboo. Adherents refuse to consider the possibility that they may be wrong. That alone makes it not science. Dr. Harold C. Urey, Nobel Prize-winning chemist, was quoted in 1962 as saying: "We all believe as an article of faith that life evolved from dead matter on this planet. It is just that its complexity is so great it is hard for us to imagine that it did."

    I am neither a fundamentalist Christian nor an atheist. I do have a background in science and have read a great deal about supposed conflicts between science and religion. Personally, I find your outrage at the thought that people disagree with you a bit arrogant. Am I beneath contempt because I'm aware that it has NOT been proven that the present variety of life forms evolved from an original amino acid by chance mutations followed by natural selection?

  11. @ Truth Seeker: I am not at all shocked that people don't share my beliefs. People can certainly believe whatever they want. However, there IS a difference between teaching evolution, which is the best theory we have right now for how life began and has a great deal of accumulated evidence for it, and teaching Creationism, which is a religious belief. Religion should not be taught in public schools. If parents want to teach this, fine. Until someone else develops another evidence based theory of human origins, then evolution should be taught.

  12. I have no objection to teaching evolution as a theory. I do object to teaching it as incontrovertible fact and mocking anyone who dissents. Teaching it as a theory means pointing out the flaws in the theory as well (including the incredibly low probability of its having happened by purely natural means).

    In order to qualify as a scientific theory, a concept has to be capable of verification or disproof by measurement. Evolution does not qualify. There is absolutely no way to measure where some organism came from in prehistory; the most anyone can ever do is show that there is a mechanism by which organisms could, in theory, have evolved. Of course, this does not mean that evolution never happened. But there is certainly no proof that it did. There is evidence indicating that organisms have become extinct over time and others have come into existence. But that does not mean that the former gave birth to the latter. And more importantly, it does not mean that chance mutations followed by natural selection led from an original amino acid to all the genetic variation that exists today and that ever has existed.

    I am not advocating teaching Creationism in public schools. I don't even believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis (Biblical literalism is a Christian concept, and I'm Jewish). I'm not even convinced that there hasn't been some evolution directed by God.

    What I object to is the sneering attitude toward anyone who suggests that God created the world. God's existence can't be proven scientifically, but neither can the nonexistence of God, and there is evidence indicating that God exists and has intervened in human history.

    Claiming randomness (instead of admitting that we don't know how it happens, if it happens) is a way of teaching atheism. Unless evolution is taught as the unconfirmed theory that it is, students' freedom of religion is being violated.

  13. Creationitisim... my favorite...
    Just, wow...


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