Get ready for it: the next battle will be over Stupid Design.


All the little details are perfect, like the mangled “facts” they’ll use to support it, the arguments from consequences, and the scientists conceding legitimacy in some domain to it.


  1. #1 Brownian
    June 21, 2007

    Simple Chinchillazilla.

    It’s really a beautiful, elegant theorem:
    All data is assessed through a DoesThisFitMyAPrioriBeliefThatGodExists/IsBenevolentAndLoving filter, and assigned one of two values based on the results:
    1. If yes, the conclusion is Goddidit/Exists/LovesUs/HatesHomos.
    2. If no, the conclusion is GodWorksInMysteriousWays/WhoAreWeToDareToQuestion/Understand/TryToComprehendHim.

  2. #2 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    June 21, 2007

    For the folks who are wondering where the “only use 10% of your brain” myth comes from, my understanding is that the notion originated after people read an exceedingly simplified account

    It is an urban myth all right, and it seems hard to pinpoint where it came from.

    Some speculations are that it derives from debates on phrenology or Lashley’s theories and experiments on “mass action” (where apparently he removed ~ 60 % of a rat cortex and it could still learn some stuff).

    Others are that it may come from misquotes of Einstein or quotes of James.

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