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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Darwinism, intelligent design, and the culture wars: A Simpsons' episode on intelligent design

So claimed an interview in the Seattle Times with a key Simpson voice:
Q: Seattle is the home of the Discovery Institute. What would Ned Flanders have to say about intelligent design?
A: There's actually an episode next fall, I believe, where he pressures the local school to start teaching intelligent design, so you'll know then.

Actually, The Monkey Suit ran May 14, 2006, and - from its description - seems to be the usual sort of stuff which takes for granted that Darwin's theory cannot be critiqued on the evidence.

One is reminded of Darwin's staunch defender Thomas Huxley's warning,

History warns us . . . that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions; and, as matters now stand, it is hardly rash to anticipate that, in another twenty years, the new generation, educated under the influences of the present day, will be in dangerof accepting the main doctrines of the "Origin of Species," with as little reflection, and it may be with as little justification, as so many of our contemporaries, twenty years ago, rejected them. Against any such a consummation let us all devoutly pray; for the scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. (T.H. Huxley, "The Coming of Age of the 'Origin of Species,'" in Darwiniana: Essays by Thomas H. Huxley [1896], (New York: AMS Press, 1970), p. 229.)

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