Sunday, February 03, 2008

Fundamentalist chat room highlights

I suspect this is making the rounds, but I was infected via C. Stross, so here it is. Many laugh-out-loud moments.* And some depressingly tragic moments as well.** A small taste:

One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started out simple, and over time became more complex. That just isn't possible: UNLESS there is a giant outside source of energy supplying the Earth with huge amounts of energy. If there were such a source, scientists would certainly know about it.

I want to say something witty about the last two sentences in this quote, but its comic timing is so exquisite that I cannot add anything to it.

As with many of the quotes, one wonders whether the person writing it is actually satirizing fundamentalism. But part of the fun, I suppose, is observing that fundamentalist speech and satire of fundamentalist speech are indistinguishable.

* I mean literally. Not: "It actually only made me sort of smile silently but I will describe this activity as 'laughing out loud' for dramatic effect". I am sitting here on this Sunday morning making loud noises of hilarity. Down with the metaphorical "lol".

** Of course, the tragedy and humor often go together.


  1. My favorite:

    "Everyone knows scientists insist on using complex terminology to make it harder for True Christians to refute their claims.

    Deoxyribonucleic Acid, for example... sounds impressive, right? But have you ever seen what happens if you put something in acid? It dissolves! If we had all this acid in our cells, we'd all dissolve! So much for the Theory of Evolution, Check MATE!"

    I can't imagine that this was written seriously (at least I really hope that it wasn't), but who knows.

  2. I think the proper response to that comment is something like "I was thinking all night about what such a source could be, and then it dawned on me." (not original to me)