What Do Sarah Palin & Ricky Gervais Have in Common?
Shortly after Sarah Palin delivered her rousing speech at the Republican National Convention, I received a gloating e-mail from my Republican father about his party's "home run." Although I responded with concern that her religious zealotry committed her to the denial of established scientific facts, he suggested that this concern was premature. It was true that she advocated creationism in previous campaigns, but I had to admit the possibility that that she had changed her mind since. I decided to withhold further slander until she made her latest views clear. Well, here they are.
Her "teach the controversy" perspective suggests that, at best, she views the first few pages of the Old Testament as an equally meaningful perspective on life as decades of intense study by thousands of other evolutionary biologists. We all know, however, that her true ignorance runs much deeper: "teach the controversy" is merely cover for those who view evolution as a hoax and Genesis' account as literal truth. Now that her zealotry has been confirmed, I hope she'll consider following Ricky Gervais example by expressing her views more directly.
PS - It gets better! The LA Times ran a story a few days ago which quotes Palin saying "dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time." Note to Gwen Ifill: Please ask the candidates about dinosaurs at the debate tonight. Don't give Palin a chance to spin her "teach the controversy" BS by asking a general question about evolution, just come right out and ask about the dinosaurs!
Dechronization is authored by evolutionary biologists interested in the development and application of methods for estimating phylogeny and making phylogeny-based inferences. The goal of the blog is to provide a forum for discussion of the latest research and methods, while also providing anecdotes, tidbits of natural history, and other related information.