Monday, 15 September 2008

Creationism, this side of the ocean

Mark Rowlands on a call in the Times of London for creationism to be taught in science class (off all places), includes this great quote;

And if lack of scientific support isn’t enough to omit something from a science lesson then what would be enough?

But, more importantly, encapsulated in these comments is, I think, much of what is wrong with today’s society. To think that the sincerity or even the fervor with which someone holds a belief confers any value on that belief is the defining mistake of our time. This denigration of truth in favor of sincerity is progressively permeating more and more of our society. The problem is that sincerity is very malleable. Indeed, it wouldn’t be going too far to say that when sincerity and desire hook up, desire is invariably going to insist on being on top