Monday, August 29, 2005

Intelligent Design vs. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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Back in May I wrote a piece called Dinosaurs in Eden after the Guardian ran the story, Would you Adam 'n' Eve it ... dinosaurs in Eden on May 22nd. The article reported that,

Even as America's scientists make advances in palaeontology, astronomy and physics that appear to disprove creationism, Gallup surveys have shown that about 45 per cent of Americans believe the Earth was created by God within the past 10,000 years.

Of course the new name for Creationism is Intelligent Design; the old, "a watch implies a watchmaker" school of thought. Well, Intelligent Design is still all the rage and it is gaining ground across the United States. While school boards aren't yet striking Darwin completely from the textbooks, many are voting to teach Intelligent Design alongside Evolution as an alternate theory.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has another alternate theory for how the world was created and reasons that if ID Creationism is to be taught as an alternate theory then FSMism should also be included.
"As a scientist, I'd like to say that the currently accepted scientific theory is evolution. But, some competing ideas have been proposed, such as ID and FSMism, and discussion to include one should include the other, as these ideas are equally valid."
-- Mark Zurbuchen, Ph.D.

The CotFSM makes some pretty convincing arguments, including one about the numbers of pirates and global warming, and another about the new Godfather of Creationism, George Bush, whose very existence seems to contradict both Evolution and Intelligent Design. Hey mister president, ook, ook?

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