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Can Someone Really Be This Willfully Stupid?

September 29, 2010

I know it’s easy to pick on certain people in general, and popular in certain circles to pick on this person in particular, but come on, when someone goes on TV and is this belligerently and willfully ignorant, a few comments (even if they are negative) seem necessary.

Do you know what’s really important for a “fully functioning” human brain? The fact that our skulls aren’t fused at birth (a genetic ‘defect’) that allows our brains to get nice and big, and allows us to be ‘smart’. A mouse brain is not large enough to house all the complexities of the human animal. Sorry. (And no, that episode of Pinky and the Brain was not on the history channel Christine!)

If anyone cares, she’s probably referencing a study from National Geographic from Dec 2005. To say she has misunderstood it, and misrepresented it would be a small understatement.

Another gem:

First off, evolution is not a ‘myth’… at least, I assume, if Christine actually knew how the word ‘myth’ was properly used, she would not use it in this sense. Myths, in the academic sense, are a reflection of a society’s understanding of reality, proper behaviour, and a mirror of their own perception of themselves (insiders) or others (outsiders).

She most likely meant ‘Evolution is a fiction’ in the sense that it is a fabrication that is outright false. Very likely, this is not an issue that she has pursued in any serious way, and is actually one of the silly myths propagated in ignorant conservative evangelical circles. The actual goal of such rhetoric is to make it unnecessary to investigate any scientific evidence. It is not a scientific rebuttal to evolution, but rather, an apologetic argument designed to keep people ignorant.

As opposed to Christine’s view, I thought the words of an actual scientist might be useful (again). What’s more, he’s a creationist, but Todd C. Wood is a trained scientist. And as such, he recognizes that the scientific basis of evolution is strong:

Evolution is not a theory in crisis. It is not teetering on the verge of collapse. It has not failed as a scientific explanation. There is evidence for evolution, gobs and gobs of it. It is not just speculation or a faith choice or an assumption or a religion. It is a productive framework for lots of biological research, and it has amazing explanatory power. There is no conspiracy to hide the truth about the failure of evolution. There has really been no failure of evolution as a scientific theory. It works, and it works well.

Or you could believe Christine… cause clearly, she’s a genius.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2010 10:36 am

    The demonization of the word “myth” is a sad thing in Christianity today.

  2. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    September 29, 2010 11:50 am

    A mouse brain is not large enough to house all the complexities of the human animal. Sorry. (And no, that episode of Pinky and the Brain was not on the history channel Christine!)

    NARF!

    (Though with what shows up on the History Channel these days (Nostradamus 2012, anyone?), you can’t be completely sure…)

    “Mice with human brains…”

    Is she a closet FURRY? Or just GODLY(TM)?

  3. EricW permalink
    September 29, 2010 12:24 pm

    “American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with… with mice with fully-functioning human brains.”

    I’m not surprised. After all, they’ve already cross-bred humans and animals and come up with humans with fully-functioning mouse brains. Just visit Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Or the pulpits of some of your local churches. Or watch some music videos. You’ll spot them rather quickly.

    • EricW permalink
      September 29, 2010 1:05 pm

      She has apparently misrepresented the facts. Mice with working or fully-functioning human brain cells, not mice with fully-functioning human brains.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/12/AR2005121201388.html

      “By injecting human embryonic stem cells into the brains of fetal mice inside the womb, scientists in California have created living mice with working human brain cells inside their skulls.”

      Maybe she just got carried away, a slip of the tongue. Or maybe she did indeed misunderstand the news article as saying that, and she also chose to believe it.

  4. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    September 29, 2010 2:28 pm

    I did a name search on her. THIS IS THAT TEA PARTY CANDIDATE FOR SENATE WHO WAS IN THE NEWS ABOUT OUTLAWING MASTURBATION A COUPLE WEEKS AGO?

    Can Someone Really be this Willfully Stupid?

    If you’re Born-Again (TM) and Bible-Believing (TM), looks like the answer is YES.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
      October 5, 2010 9:00 am

      Latest Update on O’Donnell:

      According to this morning’s drive-time radio, her commercials are starting to hit the airwaves. They use the “witchcraft” angle — you know, her stating how she found out about Closet Satanists everywhere during her younger days as a “witch”? The interview taken almost word-for-word from Mike Warnke’s Satan Seller?

      (No mention of little girls being pulled through dead horse’s rectums before being sacrificed, though…)

  5. phil-style permalink
    September 29, 2010 3:35 pm

    HUGs, can I steal your quote:

    “If you’re Born-Again (TM) and Bible-Believing (TM), looks like the answer is YES.” ? ?

    It has multiple applications….

  6. Josh Mueller permalink
    September 29, 2010 4:28 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t include this gem:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/video/christine-odonnell-opposes-masturbation-in-mtv-documentary-11651412

  7. Jon H permalink
    September 29, 2010 5:29 pm

    Here’s a great post about O’Donnell’s claim about having dabbled in witchcraft:

    http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2010/09/christine-odonnell-mike-warnke-and-the-imaginary-satanists.html

  8. Pete permalink
    September 29, 2010 5:56 pm

    May be nothing, but look at O’Donnell’s eyes at the 0:43 mark in this clip:

    According to my wikipedia research, SHE”S A LIAR!

  9. October 7, 2010 12:23 pm

    First off, evolution is not a ‘myth’… at least, I assume, if Christine actually knew how the word ‘myth’ was properly used, she would not use it in this sense.

    On a somewhat related note, I mentioned the phrases “Jesus myth” and “creation myth” in evangelical company a few weeks ago, and suddenly found myself wondering if Baptists do, in fact, excommunicate…

    • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
      October 14, 2010 12:06 pm

      You mean getting turned into a pile of rocks didn’t clue you in?

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