Saturday, April 07, 2007

An Impossible Foe

As you finish explaining the state of cancer research to the woman, you hear a rude snort from off to the side. Looking over, you see a man who's risen to fame by using his scientific credentials to undermine legitimate scientific pursuit: Michael Behe.

"You've got to be kidding me!" he says. "Of course they're just in it for the money. And it's not just them, it's the entire scientific institution. Do you think they actually care about finding reality? It's all just reinforcing their own dogma and covering up for each other's mistakes, while coming up with new revelations every day to distract us."

"Are you suggesting that multiple lines of independant research all coming to consistent conclusions is evidence of a cover-up?" you ask him.

"No, if you want evidence of a cover-up, you have to follow the money. How much money do you see going to fund people who express disbelief in evolution?"

"That's because people who don't believe in evolution are showing immense ignorance of science or they're showing that they'll always put their religious beliefs ahead of the pursuit of truth, neither of which makes a good scientist."

"Truth!?" he says. "Heh, after tonight, I doubt you'll look at 'truth' the same way again..."

Filing that odd comment away for future consideration, you switch to a different subject and ask him, "What are you doing here anyway?"

"I'm here to promote my new book," he says.

"You mean they're actually giving publicity to that piece of crap?"

"At least read it before calling it a piece of crap, if you don't mind."

"Fine, but I doubt I'll change my mind. Now, if you don't mind, I've got a busy night ahead of me," you tell him.

Could Behe or the Discovery Institute be behind what's going on tonight? Better return and report on your suspicions.

Other media outlets are likely in danger as well, best to check them out first.

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