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Amusing Esquire opinion piece on the anti-knowledge movement

Published Wed 31 October 2007 17:56 (+1300)
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I'm not sure which bit of this Esquire opinion piece I like most -

Any working dinosaur accustomed to the rigors of ranch work and herding other dinosaurs along the dusty trail almost certainly would wear a sturdy western saddle.

Or more likely -

“We've been attacked,” [says pastor Ray Mummert], “by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture.”

- which is so amusing I had to go and check if he actually said it (it apparently comes from a 2005 AP wire story “Teaching Darwin splits Pennsylvania town” which is too old to be available on AP sites, though googling will give you people's personal copies of it); or even

A “politically savvy challenge to evolution” is as self-evidently ridiculous as an agriculturally savvy challenge to euclidean geometry would be. It makes as much sense as conducting a Gallup poll on gravity or running someone for president on the Alchemy Party ticket. It doesn't matter what percentage of people believe they ought to be able to flap their arms and fly, none of them can.

Of course, that doesn't mean I agree with all of it -

“For some parents,” he writes, “the purported need to provide things for their children simply provides a convenient rationalization for pursuing a gratifying career outside the home.”

- I think that's true, actually (remember, it's just “some parents”), regardless of what else the book in question has to say; but the piece is still an… entertaining read.

And of course, if it's entertaining and we all read it and agree with it, it must be true (that's the rules).