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Posted by: Mr_Christopher on Nov. 01 2007,15:59
Ok, here is a new game I created. It's called "Who Am I" I provide some quotes/beliefs and you guess who holds the beliefs or made the quotes. Feel free to add your own "Who Am I" after you answer this one.
Ready? Let's roll!
1) The Bible has sophisticated, coded, hidden messages that were put there by an intelligent agent.
2) There is an invisible world that is more real and weighty than our secular imaginations can fathom.
3) Winged humanoids inhabit that real and weighty invisible world.
a) William Dembski, PhD, Intelligent Design Theorist
b) A garden variety untreated mentally ill person who suffers from delusions and hallucinations.
c) Both a and b (they are one in the same)
d) Charles Darwin
e) None of the above
Ok folks choose only one answer, and please, no looking at other people's answers.
Posted by: Reciprocating Bill on Nov. 01 2007,16:29
Are you subject to delusions of grandeur, likening your crackpot output to that of great scientists (say, Isaac Newton)?
When feeling triumphant are you prone to disastrous lapses in judgment that result in the collapse of professional relationships and prompts major academic institutions to pay you to stay away?
When thwarted do you engage in juvenile pranks that damage your credibility and embarrass your followers?
When angry do you strike out at others in a manner that compels later retractions and petulant notpologies?
Have you collected a rag-tag followership of arrogant power freaks and sycophantic know-nothings?
Posted by: Mr_Christopher on Nov. 01 2007,16:39
Hint - the answer is probably not d)
Not more hints!
Posted by: oldmanintheskydidntdoit on Nov. 01 2007,16:42
Do you like farts more then the average person?
Posted by: J-Dog on Nov. 01 2007,21:53
Do you think you look extremely hawt in old sweaters?
Do you stutter when you are asked questions?
Are you still looking for the pants you lost in OK?
I give up.
Posted by: Louis on Nov. 02 2007,03:40
"Who is it? I'm going to have to rush you."
"Oooooh I don't know..............I don't like darkies!"
"AHA AHAHAHAHAHAHA...AHAHAHHAHA...........Who does? Right then Mrs Scum, have you got an answer for us?"
"Oooooh, Henri Bergsen."
"Yes! Well done! The answer was 'Henri Bergsen', you've won the Blow On The Head. Now you can change that if you want. I can offer you a Poke In The Eye?"
"A Smack In The Mouth?"
"No Michael, I just want the Blow On The Head, please."
"Alright! A Punch To The Throat and a Dagger Up The Clitoris."
"Ooooh, it's very tempting, no, no, I think I'll just go with the Blow On The Head."
Hmmm it's a tricky one. I don't like creationists.
I'm going with b).
a) is simply a subset of b), and more people holding these ideas as true fall into b) than a) so answering c) is redundant.
Anyway, a)'s pretty smart for a garden variety untreated mentally ill person who suffers from delusions and hallucinations. Whether I agree with him or not (and I think we all know it's "not") he's acheived a reasonable amount and shouldn't be written off as some mere loon. He's a well qualified and publicly aware, dishonest loon.
As Michael Shermer says at the end of "Why People Believe Weird Things" in a chapter entitled "Why do SMART People Believe Weird Things": it's because they are sufficiently smart to be excellent at rationalising their irrational views, views they held and developed before they started thinking rationally about the relevant issues.
The man's a loon, fair and square, but he's a pretty fucking clever loon. I think we dismiss the clever loons at our peril, not for any threat they might pose (they don't) but because these people are key to getting an insight into the whole process of why there are loons in the first place.
Although, that said, mocking him mercilessly is all good!
Posted by: Mr_Christopher on Nov. 02 2007,09:13
I think we have a winner!
Louis come on down and accept your prize!
Posted by: guthrie on Nov. 02 2007,09:35
I hope those aren't yours.
Posted by: Louis on Nov. 02 2007,09:44
Shut up Guthrie! I'm looking at my prize.
P.S. I don't care who's they are. That's what paper bags were invented for.
Posted by: Mr_Christopher on Nov. 02 2007,10:30
Louis you can put the paper bag away, those are not mine. Besides, mine are bigger.
Posted by: J-Dog on Nov. 02 2007,10:36