Monday, April 21, 2008

Knowledge =/= Intelligence


So Ben Stein is trying to make a Michael Moore of himself these days, and is using the subject of Intelligent Design as his subject matter. For fucks sake. Let's see, Richard Nixon's speechwriter and rabid apologist, Stein, an attorney and man who married, divorced, and remarried the same woman, is trying to hitch his wagon to the pseudo-science of Intelligent Design? It's so sad, it's positively poetic. Lest I get on an especially well deserved ad hominem attack, let me be clear on a few things:

* Ben Stein is right behind Henry Kissinger as the biggest person the Jews in the US could do without. I don't believe I have any anti-semitic bias, in fact I may have a pro-semitic bias. I find Jewish folks to be well educated, thoughtful and generous. I'd welcome jews from anywhere to come live here. They are good for a society and they keep their faith to themselves. As a matter of fact, they are obliged to deny you conversion to their faith three times. You hear that, proselytizers?

* Intelligent Design is not science. Bitch all you want, it remains not science. It's not testable, and leads to nothing predictable, and therefore cannot be subjected to scientific study. It's paraphrased faith. If you want to believe in any god(s), fine- we have freedom of (and from?) religion here. Go speak in tongues, give your tithing to stadium church priests, and when the leaders of your faith get caught with hookers/gay male escorts/choirboys/multiple wives/methamphetimines, or call for assassinations, or blame terrorist attacks on gays and feminists, leave me out of it. I think you are all fucking nuts. Seriously. It doesn't mean I can't be polite to you, but I'm thinking on the inside that there is something wrong with you, and gladly excuse you from worrying about my soul.

* When you want to make a "gotcha" documentary, vet your shit. You know someone on the Internet with more time than you is going to look everything up. Michael Moore (who I generally like and many times agree with) can be sloppy at best and disingenuous at worst. Stein takes a page from Limbaugh apparently and just says whatever sensational thing pops in his head, designed to trigger an emotional response. Stupid, easy shit to negate, like that Hitler was an atheist (d'oh! Guess Stein never actually read that piece of shit tome, Mein Kampf, where ole Adolph talks about doing the Lords work- oh and at other times he claimed to be Catholic. They must be proud). While I have not seen the work, I've read quotes that'd make Geraldo blush.

I'm amazed at how much Stein knows without any corresponding intelligence. I'm not talking about the movie specifically- he's been an asshat for years. There is an crippling epidemic I see where the victims cannot or will not apply the process of thought. I don't think Stein is patient zero, but he could be the Typhoid Mary of idiocy. Just remember Ben, it's a small step from "ignorance is bliss" to "arbeit macht frei", you disgraceful fool.

Related- an open letter from Richard Dawkins to a worked up sucker who'd been taken in by the Stein movie. Dawkins has way more composure and kindness than I have. I subscribe to the Beavers Theorum which says "If you don't tell them they are idiots, how will they know?"

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Blogger Hammer said...

I've read quite a bit of Steins work on family stuff, politics and economics and he comes across as a kind intelligent thoughtful person. I'm not saying I agree with intelligent design but it seems religious folks need some kind of way to mesh their faith with reality even though it's still far fetched.

I'm not a "god" person by any stretch of the imagination and find it really hard to take all these kooks seriously,but I still find myself respecting their right to believe what they wish... No matter how silly. I'll go check out Steins movie tomorrow and see if I change my tune.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

I didn't know, Stucco, you haunted such vaunted websites as Dawkins place?

This movie will eventually lead to more conversion...

to evolutionary theory and science and away from nutjobberdoodooism...

It'll just have to take a while to cycle through the minds of those not quite sure of what they've been taught.

The extreme nutjobberdoodooheads will take this movie to heart, but those who "aren't sure" will hear enough flak and counter flak to pick up what is really going on.

Well OK, maybe only the smarter ones...

11:26 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

Hammer, I don't mind them believing what they want, but my line gets drawn when they get to decide what my children can or cannot be taught in schools.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

Oh, and Stucco, THIS resonated with me:

Just remember Ben, it's a small step from "ignorance is bliss" to "arbeit macht frei", you disgraceful fool.

I don't think any of us truly realizes how thin that line is, or we'd be in full-blown revolt mode right now.

5:12 AM  
Blogger General Catz said...

What annoys me the most is that people like this get all the press while more thoughtful, intelligent types are barely heard from. You have to search them out.

I'm tired of getting emails from friends about how much Jesus loves me. He doesn't even know me and, besides, he's dead. Believe in whatever you like, just leave me out of it. I'll talk music or Doctor Who with you, just leave your religious crap at the door. Religion should be as private and personal as who you vote for.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuwWez4EN9Q

11:56 AM  
Blogger Lexcen said...

I tend to stop myself from making fun of creationist theory (I can't bring myself to call it science) out of fear that they will take my bullshit rants and use them as further justification for their cause. For example, the planets were prototypes for planet earth until God got it just right....same goes for dinosaurs and other extinct species...just keep this amongst ourselves.

3:43 AM  
Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

Repent, sinner!

I don't know. I go back and forth. The more I study, the more I think the idea of a caring creator is preposterous. And then I think that there is no way that all this can keep going without SOME higher mind spinning the plates on the poles.

But either way, you'll never get me in a church again.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Jason Vendryes said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/24/nogc124.xml

unrelated but FUNNNNY!

jason

10:03 AM  
Blogger Vulgar Wizard said...

Bueler . . . Bueler . . . Bueler . . . Bueler . . . Bueler . . .

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Daisy said...

Let's not forget the guy had his own tv quiz show, and he wore sneakers and a suit attempting to be cool with Jimmy Kimmel giving him shit from the sidelines.

I might be able to arrange to have my ex-mother-in-law shipped out there. Oh, she's a treat.

And I do tire of "the Chosen People" thing. The rationale for the three refusals may be that they are a special club, chartered by god.

10:16 AM  

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