Thursday, June 22, 2006


State of Confusion

Well I think that it's just - and science is more and more documenting this - is that there are real chinks in the armor of evolution being the only way we came about. The idea of there being a little mud hole and two mosquitoes get together and the next thing you know you have a human being is completely at odds with one of the laws of thermodynamics, which is the law of, of . in essence, destruction.

Whether you think about your bedroom and how messy it gets over time or you think about the decay in the building itself over time. Things don't naturally order themselves towards progression, in the natural order of things. So it's against fairly basic laws of physics and so I would not have a problem in teaching both [evolution and Intelligent Design]. Uh, you saying 'This is one theory and this is another theory.'

That is Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina in an interview with David Stanton of WISTV.

Now I know that transcripts of oral presentations always sound more inarticulate than they actually are. Gestures and facial expressions help to fill in and smooth over gaps in the oral expression of thoughts that stand out like sore thumbs on the page. And no one speaks extemporaneously in complete sentences tightly woven into the coherent paragraphs that good writers aspire to.

But that was gibberish.

A mud hole and a pair of mosquitoes is the closest this man, who is in charge of the government of millions of people, can come to expressing evolutionary theory?

And while he is obviously getting his "knowledge" of the Second Law of Thermodynamics from evolution deniers, he can't even wrap his mind around the "messy room" misrepresentation? Then again, for a guy obviously fairly advanced in the nitty gritty of politics and the spinmeister's art, it never occurs to him to ask how come all those scientists never noticed that evolution "goes against fairly basic laws of physics"?

Do the people who sign contracts with the state take such easy advantage of him as the anti-evolution crowd does?

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