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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Intelligent design and popular culture: A spoof on anti-ID group, the "Brights"

A couple of years ago, a group of atheist materialists decided to start a group called the "Brights". Approved by materialist zoologist Richard Dawkins and materialist philosopher Daniel Dennett, they proclaimed themselves smarter than others, thus inviting parodies such as the Brites.

They are actually fairly easy to parody. Consider Dawkins' fussy insistence:

Geisert and Futrell are very insistent that their word is a noun and must not be an adjective. "I am bright" sounds arrogant. "I am a bright" sounds too unfamiliar to be arrogant: it is puzzling, enigmatic, tantalising. It invites the question, "What on earth is a bright?" And then you're away: "A bright is a person whose world view is free of supernatural and mystical elements. The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic world view."

Could have told them, but why bother? Who listens? And they probably enjoy the attention.

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