Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Stupid Bumperstickers

If Evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve.

Oooo-kay. A supposedly clever play on "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."

Only it's only superficially clever. Which means it's clever only to the superficial :-)

The "if guns are outlawed" bumpersticker is literally true. It has the added benefit of leading you to ponder what the ramifications of such a world would be. But the Evolution one is nonsense.

Mind you, I'm not saying I don't believe Darwin in general. I actually do. That's not the point here.

I believe that there's a chance I'm wrong about Darwin. Small, but positive and finite.

First of all, nobody has ever proposed we "outlaw Evolution". Many have argued we should outlaw teaching it as fact. And they have a point. A subset of those believe that if you're going to teach it as a theory, creationism should be taught as an alternative theory. After all, it's a pretty popular one, and you can't prove it's not true at some level. At the very least, this group of people don't think the teaching of creationism, or even the mention of it, should be outlawed. Which is what their philosophical opponents believe.

If Creationism is outlawed, then only outlaws will be created.

See, I can be "clever", too.

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