South Carolina is currently undergoing a dalliance with ID. WIS10, a TV station in Columbia, ran an interview with the SC Governor, Mark Sanford. Here is a choice portion wherein Sanford demonstrates that science classes were wasted on him:
Q: What do you think about the idea of teaching alternatives to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in public schools; for instance Intelligent Design.
MS: I have no problem with it.
Q: Do you think it should be done that way? Rather than just teaching Evolution?
MS: Well I think that it’s just, and science is more and more documenting this, is that there are real ‘chinks’ in the armor of evolution being the only way we came about. The idea of their being a, you know, a little mud hole and two mosquitoes get together and the next thing you know you have a human being is completely at odds with, you know, one of the laws of thermodynamics which is the law of, of.. in essence, destruction. Whether you think about your bedroom and how messy it gets over time or you think about the decay in the building itself over time. Things don’t naturally order themselves towards progression. Uuummm.. in the natural order of things. So, it’s in fact, it’s against fairly basic laws of physics… and so I would not have a problem in teaching both. Uh, you saying this is one theory and this is another theory.
That is probably the most semi-literate thing I have heard from the mouth of a politician in a long, long, long time. Sanford is a graduate of Furman University where he received a B.A. in business, before receiving an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. Both degree programs, I imagine, don’t spend too much class time on the second law of thermodynamics, and in Sanford’s case it shows.
For the straight dope on the second law, start here. For what to do about the dope that is the governor of South Carolina, you are on your own.