I’m a little pushed for time (and energy) today, so in lieu of my usual, rambling observations on anything and everything, I thought I’d just share this article on David Attenborough with you.
I was especially interested to read his views on the teaching of creationism and evolution in schools as if they were equivalent, alternative perspectives:
“It’s like saying that two and two equals four, but if you wish to believe it, it could also be five… Evolution is not a theory; it is a fact, every bit as much as the historical fact that William the Conqueror landed in 1066.”
It really is that simple.
© 2009 Gary William Murning except for quotation.
Whilst catching up with the posts at homoeconomicusnet, I came across a piece that John had written on the sorry excuse for a journalist, Quentin Letts. As John points out:
“[…] he [Letts] has written a book on Fifty People Who Buggered Up Britain. He rails against the removal of corporal punishment from schools, that Britain is broken and the European super state is coming, when what we need is some more church going.”
Richard Dawkins is, of course, on the list at number 30.
What a complete and utter buffoon this Quentin Letts is! The last time I was truly miserable I was in a church! Admittedly, it was for a funeral service, but I found absolutely no comfort in the surroundings, the mythos behind them — and certainly not in the bumbling bloke in a frock up front.
I was an atheist long before I even knew who Richard Dawkins was. But Richard certainly reinforced my ability to argue from a position of a lack of belief. And in so doing he did not weaken my happiness. With books like Unweaving Rainbow, he did, in fact, the exact opposite.
Quentin Letts is unoriginal, facile, thick as pig-shit and clearly deluded in more than one sense of the word. And he isn’t funny.
(I bet he’s really ugly, too.)
© 2008 Gary William Murning
Ever wanted to send an e-mail and have it arrive at its destination a few weeks later, the way snailmail does? No, me neither.
But for the sake of argument, say that you did. Imagine, perhaps, that you wanted to invite someone to a special event but didn’t actually want them to come. You know, an “oh, the e-mail arrived late?” get-out. You wouldn’t quite know how to approach the problem, would you? You’d possibly consider using the traditional mail service, perhaps, but even that can be too damn reliable, at times.
Worry ye not! I now have the perfect solution. Send your e-mail using snailmail — no, not that snailmail but, rather, an e-mail service that uses real snails!
The gastropods have been fitted with equipment to allow them to send e-mails on behalf of visitors to a website.
Instead of instantaneous communication, sent messages will travel at 0.03mph (0.05km/h) and could take days, weeks or even months to arrive.
Wonderful, or what? Just when you think the world has got as nutty as it can possibly get, along comes a bunch of students and proves you wrong.