Intelligent design/creationism

Your morning dose of unintentional creationist humor

Oh, no. Not deterred by the utter slapdown he got from me and PZ last time, Radaractive has posted the second edition of the “Darwin Is Dead” Carnival. (Hat tip, as before, to the Pooflinger!)

I was feeling a little depressed at having to go back to work this morning, and seeing this carnival lightened my spirits considerably. It’s truly hysterically funny stuff, chock full of the same creationist canards dished up in a completely credulous manner, the contributors apparently unaware that they’ve been conclusively debunked time and time again. I particularly liked this comment by the host:

I hope you all get a chance to read every entry. A great deal of research and thought went into the entries above and you will both stretch your mind and traverse the nyuk-nyuk zone during the course of your literary odyssey.

Just be careful. You can’t be drinking anything when you read this stuff; accidents in the form of shooting your drink out of your mouth and nostrils might ensue.

You have been warned.

And don’t forget to “vote” for your favorite entry. This one should be high on your list, because it actually looks as though it’s making fun of “intelligent design,” which makes me wonder what it’s doing in this carnival.

ADDENDUM: Apparently I missed a second spoof in my haste to write a post quickly and get to work. Looks like the Darwin Is Dead Carnival is toast. Out of a paltry seven entries, two (28.6%–a rather high proportion) are blatant spoofs of ID, and apparently in the case of at least one of them the host didn’t even realize it was a spoof of ID rather than “Darwinism” until later (look at the comments).

At this rate, by the time the third “Darwin Is Dead” Carnival rolls around, there’ll be more spoofs of ID and creationism than attacks on Darwin and defenses of ID–and the hapless Radaractive will be declaring it a success!

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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