The Intelligent Designer is a Gateway God: A Public Service Announcement.

From The Ayn Rand Institute via Chris Mooney comes the best description of Intelligent design I have heard to date.

Their scientifically accessible “designer” is nothing more than a gateway god–metaphysical marijuana intended to draw students away from natural, scientific explanations and get them hooked on the supernatural.

Metaphysical marijuana – I love it! Much as ID proponents try to deny their oposition to evolution is religiously inspired, we all know ID is a bridge between science and christianity. Step on it and before you know it you will be doing the “hard stuff”. Next thing you know you will be in the gutter with Pat and company and folks will be wanting to do a scientific intervention on your sad sorry behind. Imagine the story you will have to tell to your friends in the seven step program. ” I started with just a little criticism of some of the Icons of Evolution. I thought “hey, I’m not hooked I can control it”. But then, before I knew it I was analyzing the specified complexity of turnips. I knew I had gone to far, but I couldn’t quit. I realized I had hit rock bottom when I tried to prove that George Bush was irriducibly complex. But I couldn’t stop myself, I had to have more…”
Tragic ain’t it? Don’t let this happen to you! The fellow below wishes he had taken my advice!

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If you or anyone you know has become hooked on Intelligent Design (which is also called ID, creationism or Dembskiism) please seek help immediately.
P.S. You should also watch the movie “Reefer Madness” to fully understand the effects of this gateway god – just substitute ID for all references to marijuana. It’s not a pretty picture.

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6 Responses

  1. This is great. Hooked on the supernatural, metaphysical marijuana. That’s just too funny. In my younger days when I indulged recklessly on reefer, it actually led me to trying to understand evolution. Smoke enough of it, and you don’t see God, you see your own cells, and the mind-expanding history they hold. I gave up smoking and went to school to study anthropology.
    ID as a drug? Maybe, but narrow, mind-numbing, and uninquisitive. I would say ID is more an opiate, mood equalizer, empty, but you just don’t care.

  2. I didn’t know you studied anthropology! Was it cultural, linguistic, physical or archaeology? What college did you go to ( I went to the University of Tennesse)?
    When I was younger and indulged recklessly I didn’t see god either. ID would have been a drug I would done once and went “what’s the point?”

  3. Goes to show I was a UT student for sure – that should be Tennessee

  4. hey, hey, hey, hey! let’s not go equating marijuana with this ID stuff. if we’re going for some drug analogy lets use something really bad like ……..meth!!!! there’s a cultural fit.

    using ID is like using meth. and unamerican to boot. look at the pictures of the meth/ID crowd. scary.

  5. I studied Physical Anthropolgy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I did some graduate work at UC Santa Cruz with Adrienne Zihlman, but I also did a year of grad school in literature at University of Rhode Island. I had ridiculously diverse interests.
    When I was a freshman in Boulder, I had planned to study psychology. I took an intro course in physical anthropology to fulfill a general education requirement, and it just blew me away. I was hooked. It was everything I had thought about from the time I was a little kid. What did you get your degree in?

  6. Dread Pirate Roberts – how about we call it a “designer” drug and leave it for the athletes (incidently, as a former fencer I just have to point out that the scene where Wesley and Indigo swordfight is probably the best bit of fencing I have ever seen in any movie)?

    Rexroth’s Daughter – Yes, I’ve heard of Adrienne Zihlman. I got a bachelor’s in anthropology and did several years of grad school – got hit by a drunk driver had a concussion for about a year so I didn’t get my masters (but as soon as my wife is out of college I’m going back). I studied under William Bass – so obviously I was into forensic anthropology) and Richard Jantz (one of the plaintiffs in the Kennewick Man lawsuit). I guess I should also mention Andrew Kramer (studied under Wolpoff and Francis Clark Howell).
    Though I must say that as interested as I was in physical anthropology I was addicted to method and theory of archaeology – reminds me a lot of some of the issues evolutionary biology face (now that I think about it that would make a really good post).

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