Monday, June 20, 2011

Ya Gotta Believe

Some folks were ecstatic that the new Miss USA was one of two contestants who supported teaching evolution in school. That's two out of fifty-one contestants. A reflection on our science scores? Maybe. Check out Alyssa Campanella's remarks in response to the question, "Should evolution be taught in schools?"

I do believe in it. I'm a huge science geek. I like to believe in the big bang theory and the evolution of humans throughout time.

Sorry, but if she was such a huge science geek, I think her explanation would have been a little different. Evolution is not something you believe in. It's not a faith system. It's a scientific theory that provides the best explanation we have for the variance we find in life forms. The Big Bang theory is unrelated to evolution. Evolution is not anti-religion but some of the religious are anti-evolution.

For more fun, check out the other contestants' answers to the interview questions. Our own Miss Washington gives a particular dreadful answer. If nothing else, the questions and answers highlight the vacuousness of beauty pageant competition.

She ain't no Little Miss Sunshine.


Spokane Al said...

I think the same could be said for the person who came up with the idea of asking the contestants to make motor boat/siren/cat sounds as well.

Anonymous said...

Good lord, Miss Washington. "I never hear sirens because I have a radar in my car." "Evolution is okay if you state facts, but when it comes to everybody's little theory that's where I draw the line."

So fuck you Darwin.

Hank Greer said...

Absolutely, Al.

Hank Greer said...


I interpret her response as a combination of ignorance and an attempt to be politically correct.

Anonymous said...

I tried to design an experiment to prove the validity of the scientific method, but I couldn't think of a rational control group.

I still _believe_ in reason, though the church of science has made some regretable judgment calls: eugenics, 19th century racial theory (including Darwin's), Tuskegee...

I probably believe more in accountability, a quality many scientists and other church folk seem to lack.