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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Bush says schools should teach "Intelligent Design"
This, of course, from a leader who has done as much damage to public education as anybody in recent memory (see his so-called "no child left behind" idiocy), not to mention the extreme degree of secrecy his administration has adopted since the beginning, I guess to favor the exposure of people to different ideas in the absence of facts.
Intelligent Design, of course, is a thinly veiled form of creationism, it isn't science, it isn't philosophy, and it is even pretty bad theology. But never mind that, we now have it from the top man in the country that different ideas ought to be taught, regardless of how wacky they actually are.
This couldn't possibly have anything to do with the need Bush and his associates have to retain as much support from the religious right as possible, in view of the upcoming mid-term election, could it? Well, yes and no. I'm sure political gain does enter into this, but I also bet that Bush really is as simple-minded as he often comes across to be in media interviews. He probably does honestly believe that ID is a good alternative to the science of evolution, and all those political cartoons portraying him as a monkey don't help either. Though they are pretty funny...