Friday, October 13, 2006

I found this and dedicate it to Cameron

The Consultants
November 30, 2005
Chris Aronsten on keeping up with the beliefs of your neighbours

THE ISSUE God help me: my new neighbours believe in intelligent design.
THE SOLUTION There's no reason why you can't get along with neighbours who believe in intelligent design. In fact, you have to: your nature strip still needs to be mowed whether God created it or it evolved from a single cell over millions of years. The key to good relations is to focus on where your neighbours are coming from, not where they think they came from.

First, understand that intelligent design is just creationism in disguise. Rather than see Genesis as a metaphor, creationists take it to mean that God leapt out of bed on Monday, did all his chores by Saturday night and spent Sunday half-asleep in front of Wide World of Sports while clutching a lukewarm stubby. In other words, your neighbours are hopeless at metaphors. At your next backyard barbie, for example, if you say, "I could eat the crutch out of a low-flying duck", they'll probably call the RSPCA. But if you say, "Gosh, I'm terribly hungry", everything will be fine.

Secondly, intelligent design is ridiculed because it suggests that anything science can't explain must be the work of a supernatural being. The flaw in this argument is that as science explains more and more, the "intelligent designer" gets credit for progressively less. Still, I wouldn't get too cocky. There are hundreds of oddities science will never be able to explain. Why do I still pony up $5.50 for a choc top at the movies? How does my rice cooker know when the rice is done?

Why has everyone except me forgotten that Bruce Ruxton once released a rap video? It not only featured him walking down the main street of Cabramatta in a backwards baseball cap, but also the unforgettable first line: "There's a nip in the air, but it's 42 degrees." Perhaps your neighbours are onto something. Perhaps somewhere in the universe they are holding the annual intelligent design awards and a tearful Almighty is collecting a statuette for "Best Use of Blue in a Planet or Musical Comedy". Who knows? NEXT WEEK: GEORGIA LEWIS
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Blogger CLEA said...

An interesting post. Scary stuff for some, the notion of intelligent design... I'm curious why you dedicated it specifically to Cameron??

7:02 PM  
Blogger Cameron said...

I'm curious too.

2:28 PM  

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