Intelligent Design

“ID is a Myth” Quilt Wins National Contest

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This story is utterly implausible since we don’t know who made the quilt maker.

The art of quilting
By Tanya Foubert
Wednesday July 19, 2006

Winning Quilt
Barbara West stands in front of
her quilt called Myths of our Time:
Intelligent Design, which won the
National Award of Excellence for
innovative quilts from the Canadian
Quilters Association.

Canmore Leader — The story goes that a well-known scientist was giving a public lecture on astronomy. The talk went through the planets and how they orbit the sun and in turn the sun orbits our galaxy.

When the scientist, who some say was Bertrand Russell, finished, a little old lady says to him: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”

The professor surprised by such a remark wittily retorts: “What is the tortoise standing on?”

“You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” says the lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

Looking at a work of art created by Barbara West one sees this story, told in the beginning chapter of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, brought to life.

Eight colourful giant Galapagos island tortoises sit one on top of the other balanced by a cane on either side.

At the top the earth sits precariously balanced on the back of an orange-shelled turtle.

At almost seven feet tall the piece is not done in a traditional artistic medium; it is a quilt.

Called Myths of our Time: Intelligent Design, the quilt recently won West the National Award of Excellence for Innovative Quilts from the Canadian Quilters Association.


7 Replies to ““ID is a Myth” Quilt Wins National Contest

  1. 1
    es58 says:

    is it on tommy?

  2. 2
    es58 says:

    It’s alive!

  3. 3
    apollo230 says:

    ID a myth?? Hah. People who make sweeping statements like that are committing intellectual hubris of the highest order. Those not aware of their own ignorance would do well to remember Shakespeare’s words: “There is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in your philosophy”! It is the brains of these folk who are balancing precariously on a column of turtles.

    Best regards,

  4. 4
    crandaddy says:

    Well, one thing’s for sure: That quilt isn’t intelligently designed. Then again, maybe that’s the point.

  5. 5
    late_model says:

    Bertrand Russell was a philospher not a scientist.

  6. 6
    russ says:

    I think someone could sew a more aesthetically pleasing quilt depicting “junk DNA” for next year’s contest.

  7. 7
    glennj says:

    What’s the big deal? Given enough time, a monkey could have produced this quilt completely by accident.

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