December 08, 2005

Biological Decrees

In the wake of my little Jeremiad on Lysenko, a bit of googling led me to this excellent article about the breathtakingly dishonest use of the Lysenko disaster by some IDists and Creationists:
"Biology decreed by political mandate, whether through appeal to a central party elite or through appeal to democratic populism, is bad biology. As the Soviets learned, bad biology has a high price tag. Let us hope that the consumers of the west will have the good sense to read the reviews of politically sponsored science and not actually have to buy it before realizing that it's a lemon." -- from "How Intelligent Design Advocates Turn The Sordid Lessons From Soviet And Nazi History Upside Down" (Wesley R. Elsberry and Mark Perakh, at TalkDesign.org).
Some hope. But let's give that vicious old right wing attack dog Charles Krauthammer the last words (from The Washington Post):
"How ridiculous to make evolution the enemy of God. What could be more elegant, more simple, more brilliant, more economical, more creative, indeed more divine than a planet with millions of life forms, distinct and yet interactive, all ultimately derived from accumulated variations in a single double-stranded molecule, pliable and fecund enough to give us mollusks and mice, Newton and Einstein? Even if it did give us the Kansas State Board of Education, too."

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