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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sidling Up to the Banana Bar

At the Butterfly Pavilion the butterflies are offered very ripe bananas -- owl butterflies are the customers I see most often. My guess on this hungry species is a postman butterfly.

Yesterday I was listening to a chapter on the radio in the "Crossing the Divide" topic, specifically in this case two brothers who differed in both politics and religion. Allen bemoans the fact that some have treated him "like an idiot" when he has mentioned his creationist views. I've heard this complaint before from a number of creationists -- two of whom resided in the math department. I have to say that I'm going against the theme of the program when I say, "It goes with the territory."

Yes, creationism is a belief, it is a matter of faith and I certainly think one should be able to believe whatever the heck one wants. That does not mean however that I think that belief is not dumb. I think of creationism like I think of flat earthers, those who hold a geocentric view of the solar system and those who think light travels through the ether. It takes such a large amount of mental contortions to reconcile the current science of biology, geology, astronomy with the guesses and poetic musings of some shepards 4000 years ago. It also takes some fairly hefty logical seizures to differentiate the Judeo-Christian creation myth as somehow more intrinsically valid than any other creation myth. So if you tell me you are a creationist, I am bound to think of you as deluded as those who think the moon landing was a government hoax, that tuberculosis is caused by vampirism, or that left-handed people and black cats are evil.

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