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Further to Everyone is a creationist now: The Descent of Mann (the Canadian edition)

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Look, as a “liberal creationist” (well, maybe, I don’t know. When does the coffee urn arrive?), I find the whole climate change uproar fascinating. Perhaps that’s partly because it currently involves a fellow Canadian (and we all just want to shove closer to the stove, okay? That’s how we deal with climate change up here).

And then the dread word “creationist” got invoked.

Anyway, here’s my compatriot Mark Steyn, who is riffing the title of Darwin’s second well-known work, The Descent of Man (which birthed the selfish gene and evo psych and other great grantsmanships of our time). Addressing the currnt crackdown on a prof  who had questions, he quotes someone who says

Would it be McCarthyism if evolutionary biologists expressed dismay about a colleague joining the Creationist Institute?

But wait a minute. Isn’t everyone who thinks Nicholas Wade is mistaken about Africans being genetically less intelligent a creationist?

What do you have to think these days to not be a creationist? (Note: Claiming creationists have cooties really doesn’t count any more.)

Isn’t the real war now against people who think for themselves?

– O’Leary for News

4 Replies to “Further to Everyone is a creationist now: The Descent of Mann (the Canadian edition)

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    ScuzzaMan says:

    Isn’t the real war now against people who think for themselves?

    No. That has ALWAYS been the real war.

    Whether you are Christian or not, Creationist or not, it ought to be obvious which side the people who say “Come now, let us reason together” are on, and which side the people who say “all dissent is treason, all questions are attacks” are on.

    The simple fact is that there have always been people keen to use the existing power structure to make everyone else agree with them, and others content to let the power of their arguments persuade.

    I know who I would rather live next door to, I know who I’d rather have in positions of power and influence over the lives and livelihoods of others. No matter what we believe, it is suicidally destructive to encourage the construction, operation and extension of compulsory dogma-reinforcement mechanisms.

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    Bateman says:

    Personal musing:

    Dissent not only strengthens the truth (I am a fan of adversarial systems), but it’s a whole lot of fun! Dissent and healthy skepticism are real challenges, and is so much more rewarding than towing the line. Have fun!

    (I’m a counselor, I can’t help but be encouraging and positive!)

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    goodusername says:

    The Descent of Man (which birthed the selfish gene…

    I’d love to hear the explanation for that statement.

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    Mapou says:

    Michael Mann must be the most laughable and transparent clown in the circus. There can no longer be any doubt that he’s a paid propagandist for some powerful but brain-dead concern, along with AL Gore and the gentle and wise folk at the IPCC. When will this circus of fools leave town?

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