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Rubbish like this should steel us to work doubly hard to put these people out of business.

Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism & Intelligent Design
Cambridge House Press, Inc. (release date 02.28.07)
By Barrett Brown, Jon P. Alston

Book Description

What is creationism? Is it science, theology, both, neither? Who’s behind it? What does it mean for Western Civilization? And why should you give a damn in the first place? National Lampoon veteran Barrett Brown and Professor of Sociology Jon P. Alston, Ph.D, answer these questions — and perhaps one or two others — in a superbly unorthodox, serenely offensive and splendidly hilarious look at the forces behind the most talked-about pseudo-theory in modern history.

In Flock of Dodos, the reader will discover ominous parallels between Billy Joel’s greaser anthem Uptown Girl and chief intelligent design proponent William Dembski, the wholly non-Christian origins of the United States, the goofy history of the creation science movement, secrets of a happy marriage to anti-feminist icon Phylis Schafly,stunning evidence that William Jennings Bryan might not have been all that bright, the the three interesting things that occurred in 2004, and the true nature of the millennia-old Conspiracy of Nonsense that threatens the very fiber of Western Civilization.

From the Publisher

“Flock of Dodos is in the great tradition of debunkers with a sense of humor, from Thomas Paine to Mark Twain.” — Allen Dershowitz

“Jesus Christ and lesbian monkeys in the same book. Brilliant. `Smart’ and `funny’ in the same book. Genius.” — Cenk Uyger, The Young Turks, Air America Radio

“Simultaneously smart, insightful, and hilarious! Even though refuting creationism is like shooting tiny Noah’s Arks in a barrel, Brown and Alston dissect the movement with a wholly unique wit and perspective. The best book I’ve read in years.” — Bob Cesca, The Huffington Post, Founder, Camp Chaos Entertainment

“Here’s the problem with America’s born-again wackos: only a gifted comic is capable of describing them, but no one with a sense of humor can stomach being around them. That’s why there are so few books like Flock of Dodos. With their painstaking attention to historical detail and amusingly violent writing style, Brown and Alston have given the religious right exactly the righteous, merciless fragging it deserves. I wish I could tie James Dobson down and make him eat every page.” — Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone Magazine, author of Spanking the Donkey

Product Details

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Cambridge House Press, Inc. (February 28, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0978721306
ISBN-13: 978-0978721305

Amazon.com link.

No, I think it’s that Dembski WANTED TO date Christie Story I heard is he dumped her laughing all the while, which caused her to run to Billy Joel. And Joel wrote the song to help her get over her tragically broken heart. Of course, I could be making this all up out of whole cloth. But what the hey. Fiction is to what the other side is resorting tribune7
tribune7, No, I think it's that Dembski WANTED TO date Christie Brinkley. There is a subtle difference. Douglas
Dembski dated Christie Brinkley. tribune7
Anyone have the inside scoop on what the "ominous parallels" are between Uptown Girl and Dembski? My curiosity is piqued, but not enough to where I would actually want to read such a book. thechristiancynic
Lord Timothy, Good point. These are the same people that preach tolerance and diversity ad nauseum. Oh yes, and "thou shalt not judge" is the only bible verse they seem to be familiar with. But, of course, they have earned the right to say what they say. Because they are more intelligent and witty than everyone else, don't you know? And they have friends in Hollywood, and know all the right people, and go to all the right parties. Besides, you just don't get it -- they have the market on real virtue -- they are the very ones that will save the planet from global warming. And, by the way, even though most of them did not live back then, they actually defeated Nazism and Fascism, to hear them talk. And though they never felt the water cannons or the canine fangs, they also ended segregation and discrimination. Yes, they sure know how to congragulate themselves in a language that only they can speak. For the rest of us, I suppose we are just supposed to stand back and be impressed. Hmmmm. Ekstasis
I hope that, beyond lambasting and complaining about this kind of c-rap, defenders of science and general truth-seeking will become real activists in their own neighborhoods. E.g. 1) buy extra copies of "Privileged Planet" and "Mystery of Life" and loan them to co-workers and neighbors; 2) Volunteer to teach a series on this subject to high school and college groups at your church; 3) write book reviews / letters to the editor in your local paper; 4) meet with your representatives and give them succinct outlines and talking points to work from. Any other ideas? Bill is exactly right - we need to work doubly hard to put these id-iots out of business. Let's get it on our agenda... Columbo
I think some of you have made good points. At first, it was their policy to ignore ID. Now, because they can't properly dispute it, they mock it and attack those who accept it. It does appear the tide is turning. We already know that something like 70-80% of Americans believe in ID (though they don't know that's what they believe) in some form. Once they're more educated as to what ID is, the theory of evolution will lose validity in the eyes of most people in America -- this is what scares the Darwinists. dodgingcars
Personally, I don't mind the vitriol of the anti-ID crowd one bit. The more they warn us how ID theory will lead to the death of science, or the demise of civilization, or the end of democracy--that if we're listened to, an oppressive theocracy will entrench itself o'er the land, and Bible study classes will become mandatory, and the women will be forced to wear burqas, and Jerry Falwell will declare himself Great Grand High Poohbah and Dictator for Life--the more the general public will recognized the intellectual bankrupty of those who adhere so stringently to Darwinism and NDE. Remember, we're not laughing WITH them, we're laughing AT them! And, oh, what thund'rous laughter it is! TerryL
"I wish I could tie James Dobson down and make him eat every page." You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out this person has great hatred toward James Dobson. While I haven't read this book this review says a lot in itself. The best way to respond is being kind to reveal the darkness in their own heart. Smidlee
It suddenly occurs to me that the title, "Flock of Dodos", is NOT referring to the authors and their supporters. Douglas
Finally a truly fitting title to a blog! When Arrogance and Stupidity Collide indeed. I take it that will be the title of the book responding to that raw spewage. "When the facts are on your side, pound them with the facts" "When the law is on your side, pound them with the law." "When you have neither, pound the table." Flock of Dodos takes table pounding to a new low. I take it as a sure sign ID is making progress. I also take it as a sign of intellectual cowardice. Which is par for the course... Joseph
This will be all the more embarrassing for these Evolution apologists once reality sets in. I am almost beginning to feel sorry for them. ...almost. Lord Timothy
I'm just glad that the ID side is getting some stuff out there as well. They just need more readership. Maybe if we start making more personal attacks, we can get a #1 best seller! dodgingcars
Allen Dershowitz Air America Huffington Post Rolling Stone Enough said. russ
This is an example of profound desperation and politically correct religious bigotry that is perpetrated with impunity in our modern culture. If such vitriol were directed at religious Jews, advocates would immediately be branded as antisemitic and ostracized, with good reason. Imagine if this:
Here's the problem with America's born-again wackos: only a gifted comic is capable of describing them, but no one with a sense of humor can stomach being around them.
were this:
Here's the problem with America's religious Jewish wackos: only a gifted comic is capable of describing them, but no one with a sense of humor can stomach being around them.
What do you think the public reaction would be? GilDodgen
What a bunch of dumb a****. These are the same people who went nuts over flatulence in an animation aimed at high school kids right? “and the true nature of the millennia-old Conspiracy of Nonsense that threatens the very fiber of Western Civilization.” LOL! “The best book I’ve read in years.” — Bob Cesca, The Huffington Post, Founder, Camp Chaos Entertainment” I know whenever I see “Huffington Post” that what follows will be the intellectual equivalent of used kitty litter. shaner74
Sometimes, the other side simply leaves me speechless. I'm not sure if this is one of those times. Douglas

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