Every single intelligent design opponent I have encountered eventually starts mumbling about the sinister “Big Tent” of ID.
Big Tent = what you rent when you are entertaining 1800 of your closest friends in a shattering rainstorm
The argument goes something like this: If the ID guys were sincere in thinking that the universe and life forms show evidence of intelligent design, they would trim their numbers by driving out all those who think that:
– NASA’s dating methods are wrong
– The Bible is a source of useful information
– ID may not necessarily be correct (though Darwinists are obviously the downscale detritus of a bygone materialist age)
– global warming is caused mainly by the heat generated by hysteria over the issue
“Get rid of them all, and then – and only then – we will take you seriously … ” promises the establishment pay wallah.
The problem is, of course, that once you know that Darwinism isn’t true, you don’t immediately know what is true. You just know where not to look for answers.
(And whether Americans are better off with the risks of al Gore or of al Quaeda is, in my opinion, moot.)
But one thing the ID guys sure won’t need if they take the pay wallah’s advice is … a big tent.
Also: Yes, another new blog. I have further enraged a number of people (who don’t have enough to do) by starting a new blog: Welcome to Colliding Universes.
Why?: Because I hope to write a book with a Canadian physicist about “God vs. the multiverse”: Is our universe fine-tuned for life or are there zillions of flopped universes out there, so that our universe is an accidentally tolerable place?
At the blog, I will just make notes about things that may (or may not) find their way into the book. For example:
A friend fondly recalls physicist John Wheeler
Life on Mars?: Yes, when the Mars Hilton Convention Centre finally opens
Sure as the law of gravity, you say? Okay then, better check the refund policy …
Stuff I have already written on the bleeping multiverse, for which the multiverse (Inc.) is suing me for defamation … But not to worry, the writ went to zillions of wrong universes and won’t be back here for vermillion years.