Maybe Darwin was wrong

Because otherwise, wouldn’t morons like this have died off by now?

To state Rep. Jerry Bergevin, the horrors of the Columbine school shooting and the atrocities of Nazi Germany are linked by the theory of evolution, and that’s all the evidence he needs to see that New Hampshire’s children shouldn’t be taught that it’s correct.

Bergevin, a Republican from Manchester serving his first term, introduced one of two bills that will be before the Legislature next year addressing evolution, the first in the state since the late 1990s.

The second bill, introduced by Reps. Gary Hopper of Weare and John Burt of Goffstown, more vaguely calls for science teachers to “instruct pupils that proper scientific (inquiry) results from not committing to any one theory or hypothesis . . . and that scientific and technological innovations based on new evidence can challenge accepted scientific theories.”

Hopper points to the state constitution and its order that teachers support their students’ “morality and piety” for the justification of his bill.

[…] “As a general court we should be concerned with criminal ideas like this and how we are teaching it. . . . Columbine, remember that? They were believers in evolution. That’s evidence right there,” he said.

18 thoughts on “Maybe Darwin was wrong

  1. Bergevin is clearly a moron, Hooper not so much. Hooper sounds thoughtful and reasonable as he tries to sell his right wing position. That makes him a very dangerous person who shouldn’t be dismissed with a chuckle.

  2. Yes, so the photon concept is also an hypothesis, and there are real scientists who deny it. Also, too, electron spin? total hypothesis. It could as well be fast, irregular motion. Nonetheless I am convinced that it explains chemical bonding, transition metal spectra and chemistry, and the periodic table in general pretty well (together with hydrogenic orbital wavefunctions, not to mention, you know, actual electron spin resonance spectra. Pretty much the same scientific status as descent with modification and natural selection have.

  3. “…Atheism has been tried in various societies, and they’ve been pretty criminal domestically and internationally. The Soviet Union, Cuba, the Nazis, China today: they don’t respect human rights,” he said…”

    Ah, well then. That would explain why our use of drone missles and Abu Ghraib is so Christ-like and caring.

  4. That is Darwinian and neoDarwinian synthesis explain facts about biogeography, recent and ancient, fossil assemblages, DNA cladistics, other biological cladograms based on morphology, viral infection patterns, the presence of relatively high frequencies of alleles which are deleterious when homozygous (hybrid vigor and balanced polymorphisms) as well as being useful engineering programs for improving designs without human (designer) input — so called genetic algorithms.

  5. “I am convinced that”….some of us our “convinced” that nothing is real and that we’re all living inside your nightmare. Or someone elses. Can you tell us, secondharmonic, how we can all escape? Please!

  6. Besides, do you really want piety as a goal? Pious Muslims? Pious Mormons? (same thing really). Pious Catholics (PAPISTS!1111!)? Huh? Didn’t think so.

  7. It’s funny I had the exact same avatar on thepoorman, I guess the Overlord program remembers me from site to site.
    In that case, Imhotep, though you should know better than I, there is no escape.

  8. A couple or three million years ago there were two hominids roaming the African savannas – Australopithecus afarensis, and Australopithecus boisei. The boisei were much large, stronger, and roamed in larger social units – packs. Essentially pastoral creatures, they were vegetarian. Afarensis, on the other hand, was much smaller, weaker, less social. He went on, however, to become “human”, while the boisei became extinct, because he was omnivorous – he would eat anything.

  9. “There is no escape” meaning that it’s all so futile so why not just lie still and take the beating? What if we grab the nightmare and turn it back on the dreamer? Like in string theory?

  10. Ten Bears, meaning that one’s diet makes the man? Or the woman? As long as it includes some meat?

  11. I say: grab you some speed-o-light. Mix methedrine and phenylisopropylhydrazine 1:1 mixture.
    You will be sure to stay awake.

  12. For about the last 10,000 years of human evolution, natural selection has not been operating in an unmodified way. Many of the choices about who lives or dies have been culturally determined.

    Another problem: Bergevin’s brand of stupidity is not genetic. It’s an entirely cultural artefact. Natural selection can only operate on heritable traits.

    So, however you look at it, (some of) humanity is to blame for Bergevinian dumbness. Nature is innocent.

  13. Where have we heard this before? The problem with the protesters is that they are a “leaderless group offering no clear demands.” That was Prime Minister Putin referring to the tens of thousands of people in the streets protesting the leadership of the oligarchs and plutocrats (1%) in Russia.

  14. I offer no evidence. However I do believe that evemts like Columbine are made likely by the insane concept of teaching children the concept of self-esteem.

    Rather that practicing the forbidden concept of the Golden Rule, which is to be good. Self-esteem promotes that idea that feeling good is more important than actually being good. It is better to be famous than to be good. The Columbine killers got to be famous. How lucky for them

    As for causing anti-social behavior, I believe that both the Columbine killers and Adolf Hilter used toilet paper. Let ban TP and go backa to corn cobs.

  15. The Columbine kids were on antidepressants known to cause violent and/or suicidal impulses. No one really talks about it, but these psychotropic drugs can cause some serious problems.

  16. DL, there is no inherent contradiction between the golden rule and self-esteem.

    And it seems that the Columbine killers were a bit short on self-esteem.

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