Ah, well. Such is the nature of American media, I suppose. Politics is a game, and we rush to get in our kicks.
Apparently, Coulter jumped on the band wagon of evolution's detractors, and devoted two (or four, I hear conflicting statements) chapters of Godless to discussing and "disproving" the theory. Of course, the response has been to pick her argument apart, bit by bit.
Here are some good links to those articles:
- Robert Sevillo at Media Matters takes Coulter on point by point.
- Carl Zimmer, noted science journalist and author, was directly challenged by Coulter after writing an article about the evolutionary significance of the appendix. In fact, his article was used as a pillar for her own "Flatulent Raccoon Theory."
- Mad as always, Mike the Mad Biologist is so fired up, he let an f-bomb fly, a rarity among science blogs.
- PZ Myers @ Pharyngula: "The Original Home of the Giant Flatulent Raccoon"
- Talk Reason: "Secondary Addiction: Ann Coulter on Evolution"
- The Panda's Thumb (I'll be blogging about the phylogeny of the panda, specifically the red panda, sometime soon): "Ann Coulter: Clueless"
It seems that evolution needs to be defended and re-explained at every turn. This is unfortunate, because it automatically lumps those who understand and accept the theory (including every scientific academy and institution in the world) in the same boat with the Godless liberalism that Ann Coulter is attacking.
Believe it or not, some of us who accept evolution as fact do not feel compelled to take the philosophical step forward and accept it as a basis for personal philosophy.
Evolution should be viewed as a natural historical mechanism. If historians of human civilization could apply one theory (and maybe they have, I'm no politcal scientist; please let me know if there is one) to the rise and fall of political systems and ideologies, it would be analogous to evolutionary theory.
Evolution is the mechanism of speciation, the diversification, rise and fall of life on earth throughout history.
Ann Coulter obviously does not understand evolution, as my betters have pointed out in the above articles. Furthermore she, and others that share the same opinion, have no concept of geologic time. It sounds ridiculous to say that my father and mother were mosquitoes because it is a ridiculous thing to say. Common ancenstry as dictated by evolution (and our own DNA) stretches back billions of years, not decades.
The saddest part of this vicious, self-propagating issue is that so much attention has to be paid to the ramblings of a sensationalist. How many times must people like Coulter be corrected? How long will the demonizing of evolution continue?
Categories: Evolution, Creationism, Politics