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Sunday, October 21, 2007

U of T course generates huge rage? Why?

Apparently, a vast fracas started on the Small Dead Animals blog, sparked by some alarmblog comments about my course in the intelligent design controversy starting this coming Tuesday evening at the University of Toronto. I posted the following response:

A friend kindly wrote to say that you have been discussing my adult night school course, Design or Chance? which starts at Carr Hall at the University of Toronto (St. Mikes) Tusday night at 7:30 p.m.:

Our first speaker is Dr. Robert Mann, chair of physics at the University of Waterloo, on multiverse theory vs. a single universe.

More here.

To judge from the heat generated, some people hadn't realized that I am not the first person to teach a course in the intelligent design controversy under St. Mike's auspices; that distinction belongs to retired high school teacher Bob Giza. I am aware of several other such courses as well, though not in Toronto.

I am a Toronto-based journalist, author, and blogger. My most recent book, co-authored with Montreal neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, is The Spiritual Brain: A neuroscientist's case for the existence of the soul (Harper One, 2007).

Funnily enough, the SDA blog caters to self-identified Canadian conservatives. Yes, yes, such people still do exist, but they are endangered species - rarely seen or heard.

And why are THEY, of all people, fronting political correctness?

(Attention Darwinbots!! Erase all entities that doubt whatever schluck you are programmed to spout!)

Well, honestly, I do not know or care, and definitely do not have time to find out why the Small Dead Animals think they should morph into Darwinbots.

The course is about real issues that modern science reveals. Definitely not recommended for entities whose thinking is done by a rock bottom alarmbot who spouts, apparently from somewhere in France, in desperately fractured English.

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