Pharyngula

Zappafication of the debate

This is a war between two worldviews, which Skip explains nicely. Here’s the short summary.

Wisdom Ignorance
Biologists love boobies, beavers, and the weenus! Creationists fear boobies, beavers, and the weenus.

Which side would you rather be on?

Comments

  1. #1 Dan
    May 5, 2006

    Well, I’m not a biologist, but I do love boobies.

  2. #2 BigDumbChimp
    May 5, 2006

    Even computer nerds love some beaver.

  3. #3 mark
    May 5, 2006

    How ironic, considering what dic…, er, weenusheads those creationists can be.

  4. #4 Stanton
    May 5, 2006

    Red-footed, blue-footed, or masked boobies?

  5. #5 RavenT
    May 6, 2006

    Ah, work avoidance. At least this one is anatomy-related.

    Amusingly enough, when my comparative anatomy information system is fully populated, this will be exactly the kind of query you can run against it.

    I haven’t investigated the clitoris data yet, but a quick PubMed search reveals confirmation in hyenas (of course), baboons, gibbons, chimpanzees, four species of Old World mole, cows, ewes, goats, mares, sows, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, and fossa.

    I’m sure that’s nowhere near all, and I bet most female mammals have them, but I haven’t actually collated that data yet, so I’m just extrapolating from the variety of species that do have them.

  6. #6 PZ Myers
    May 6, 2006

    Primary function? Count the number of times a baby comes out vs. the number of times a penis goes in. I think we could make a quantitative case for a different primary function.

  7. #7 Sultmhoor
    May 6, 2006

    I know I wouldn’t want to live in a world where I couldn’t love the weenis.

  8. #8 Carlie
    May 6, 2006

    This is the worldview we’re up against. From tomorrow’s NYT Sunday Times, in a cover story about the ‘war’ on contraception. “I’m going to understand it my way”. Says it all about avoidance of reality, doesn’t it????

    Ron Stephens is both a pharmacist and a Republican state legislator in Illinois, one of the states that are currently battlegrounds between pharmacists who claim the right to refuse to fill prescriptions for emergency contraceptives and women’s and civil rights groups that argue that pharmacists must fill all prescriptions presented to them. Stephens not only supports the pharmacists’ right of refusal but he also refuses to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception himself. He does, however, fill prescriptions for the birth control pill. When I asked him recently to explain his thinking on the two drugs, he said: “It’s the difference between stopping a pregnancy from happening and ending a pregnancy. My understanding of the science is that the morning-after pill can end a pregnancy, whereas birth control pills will make a woman’s body believe she is already pregnant so that the egg will not be fertilized.” And what if studies show that, in fact, both drugs can prevent implantation? “Everyone has their natural prejudice,” Stephens replied. “I’m going to understand it my way, and the issue is that you should not be forced to do something you believe is immoral.”

  9. #9 jess
    May 8, 2006

    Sorry, that abortion is only acceptable under those circumstances. I suspect Bill Napoli supports rape under other circumstances, such as when the girl is not saving herself for marriage.

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