> Gad, but you are stupid. I mean really, really stupid.
I had NPR on in the background today while I was writing some nuts-n-bolts infrastructure code. It was the "science friday" segment, and as guests they had the director of a movie called "Flock Of Dodos", taking as point of departure the recent rerun of the "Scopes Monkey Trial" in Dover Pennsylvania (ironic - Pennsylvania has such a superb exposure of Paleozoic fossils - trilobite capital of the world - that it has given its name to a geoligic period, the Pennsylvanian) and examining from various angles the "Intelligent Design" approach to getting revealed religion taught in biology classes; and the author of a book "Monkey Girl (something or other) ... Soul of America", written by some guy who had been on the plaintiff team at the Dover trial. I followed that trial with some personal interest (one of my cousins, a biochemist, and devout catholic, is kinda chummy with Behe - they keep up something of a correspondence, and my cousin has invited him to speak at various events). One of the things that struck me, and was brought up on NPR, is that under examination on the witness stand most of the school board members could not provide a coherent account of *either* the theory of evolution *or* "intelligent design"; all they knew was that the former was bad, and the latter good. "Jesus died on the cross for our sins, who will stand up for Jesus!"
But the sound-bite of the day came when the thesis advisor of the director of "Flock of Dodos" said: "it is time for scientists to stand up and tell these people they are idiots!"