Thursday, August 25, 2005

Defining "reasonable" down

Many people regard Senator McCain as a "reasonable Republican," in implicit contrast with the president, Pat Robertson, etc. In an age when deviance has been defined down to the level that Abu Ghraib isn't an unending scandal, and prisoners can remain in Gitmo for months after being cleared to leave, reasonable is all we have to separate the people who aren't raving lunatics from the rest of the Republican Party. Or not.

PZ Myers sez "I'd never vote for McCain, anyway" after seeing that:
McCain told the Star that, like Bush, he believes "all points of view" should be available to students studying the origins of mankind.
Even the story about the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Even the thing about the Blue Cloud and the Yellow Cloud and the First Woman with her perfect ear of corn and the white shell and the turquoise and the yucca? Because if you teach that one your Hopi constituents will, quite reasonably, insist that their point of view be taught. The Hopi don't hold with that cloud nonsense. For them, it's all about the giant cave that all life existed in until they climbed the cane to the surface.

None of those ideas are science. Let's teach science in science classes. Talk about creation myths in a comparative religions course.

Update: If it's any consolation, Bill Maher proposes a very reasonable rule, and I'm not sure I'd usually count him as reasonable.

And finally, New Rule: You don’t have to teach both sides of a debate, if one side is a load of crap.