Monday, August 29, 2005

Absurd Article

You know you're beyond reality when even George Will thinks you're a right wing crackpot.

The Washington Post today runs a miserable article explaining the talent of pro-athletes with Intelligent Design.
Athletes often talk of feeling an absolute fulfillment of purpose, of something powerful moving through them or in them that is not just the result of training.

How about the fact that athletes have been brought up loving their particular sport since birth, if you love something enough to get that good you probably do feel something powerful moving through you, it is the love of the game. In High School you begin to see a lot of players who have previously been top athletes stop caring and fall behind those who love the game and work hard. Now, enter George Will into the picture with what should be a rather obvious observation.
"March of the Penguins" raises this question: If an Intelligent Designer designed nature, why did it decide to make breeding so tedious for those penguins? The movie documents the 70-mile march of thousands of Antarctic penguins from the sea to an icy breeding place barren of nutrition. These perhaps intelligently but certainly oddly designed birds march because they cannot fly. They cannot even march well, being most at home in the sea.

In temperatures of 80 below and lashed by 100 mph winds, the females take months to produce an egg while the males trek back to the sea to fatten up. Returning, the males are entrusted with keeping the eggs warm during foodless months while the females march back to the sea to fill their stomachs with nutriments they will share with the hatched chicks.

The penguins' hardiness is remarkable, as is the intricate choreography of the march, the breeding and the nurturing. But the movie, vigorously anthropomorphizing the birds, invites us to find all this inexplicably amazing, even heroic. But the penguins are made for that behavior in that place. What made them? Adaptive evolution. They have been "designed" for all that rigor -- meaning they have been shaped by adapting to many millennia of nature's harshness.

There is only one explanation. It is apparent that the intelligent designer just hates penguins and thus forces them to go through such insanity.

1 comment:

darrelplant said...

Maybe the "absolute fulfillment of purpose, of something powerful moving through them or in them that is not just the result of training" is just the steroids.