Tuesday, December 20, 2005

About as unequivocal as it gets...

U.S. District Judge John Jones has earned his 15 minutes. Could well be 15 decades.

"The breathtaking inanity of the board's decision is evident when considered against the factual backdrop which has now been fully revealed through this trial. The students, parents and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources."


Still wondering what I'm talking about?

Try This.

or this.

The most important immediate and medium term consequence is the setback for Goal 6 of the Wedge Strategy. This was one of their 5 year goals.

6. Ten states begin to rectify ideological imbalance in their science curricula & include design theory

Given that the Wedge Strategy seems to have been written in 1998 and was first reported in the wild in March 1999, they were already running a bit late. This ruling will set them back at least a decade while they regroup and try to construct an alternative approach. Unless Bush can engineer the selection of half a dozen southern baptists to the Supreme Court, there is clearly no danger of the courts blindly letting this kind of nonsense get through to distort the science education of America.

For which we should all be duly grateful and congratulate ourselves on a well deserved and well-timed, if somewhat ironic, Christmas present. It will be welcomed by rational humans everywhere.

Seasonal Greetings to both my readers everywhere.

4 comments:

Rogea said...

Harry,
I recently read your work entitled "a conversation with god" and I was struck by how deep and true your words seemed. I have to ask, is it a work of fiction?

Tarun said...

I read 'Conversation with God', I'm reading 'Evolution of Intelligence' and I would like to say thank you. I won't say you're smart because that will only mean something to you at a superficial level (you don't know me or my definition of smart).
I will say this - you are a wonderful person. Undoubtedly a good one (with your level of maturity it isn't possible me to think you're not a beautiful person). Its beautiful - the choices you've made in life and the person you've become.
I wish I knew more of you.

audiodude said...

First off, great commentary on the Dover decision. I was watching that one too, and I'm very pleased with the result. The report I read basically described the written decision as a thesis on the foundations/definition of science. I would be interested in reading it in its entirety, but can't seem to find it online. Have you, by any chance, stumbled across any references to the full decision?

In a completely unrelated topic, the reason I found your blog was also because of "A Conversation With God". I've seen a few excerpts (copyright infringement!!), and I am very interested in reading the full work. Since your website is down (as you hopefully know...), would you mind posting it here on the blog? I would even be open to receiving it via email: (audiodude(at)gmail.com)

Thanks!

DaveT said...

Earlier today I finished a Conversation with God also (that looks rather strange if you forget to cap the C). Apparently it's been making the rounds lately, and it will continue to do so if I have anything to say about it. Interestingly, a Muslim linked me to it on "Spirituality, Religion and Faith" forum (at ign.com) earlier today. I'm still trying to figure that one out.

I won't go so far as to ask you if it is actually real as the first person did. The reasons are that I imagine it to be very unlikely that it is real and more importantly it doesn't matter if it is real because believing that the conversation actually took place would require just as much faith as any religion (and so I'll treat it as such).

What's important is what it illustrates. If my subsequent reading of a good half of your online "book" (got my email?) is any indication, a Conversation with God is significantly more compact than your usual writing and a lot more engaging while still delivering a number of excellent points in a form that those who are predisposed to religion can more easily digest.

I also wanted to say that there is nothing like a blog for ensuring that people like us do not forget about what we've read. It's also a great way to immediately let us know when you've written something new on the proper site (a mailing list being the obvious alternative, but for some reason I never sign up for those).

If you've got things to say, say them! Even if you have to be brief and the content of an entry primarily consists of a quote from something you've read and a small comment upon it. The more consistent you are, the more people like us you will find here commenting and continuing the discussion if there is anything to discuss.

As you mentioned in October: "I just wish I could get more into this blogging lark. I keep forgetting it's here. I need to become obsessive about it!" I agree. You've been doing relatively well since October with a new entry every 10 to 15 days, but a website worth checking on a regular basis practically requires at least a once a week update schedule. If the time of update is essentially random, it should be more frequent. Failing that, the only people who might check frequently are people who enjoyed your writing as much as I have.

On a good note, you've posted few enough blog entries before now that they can easily be read retroactively at the moment (even that first post which you apparently thought no one would read).