May 12, 2006

Pasta Bang

Sometimes you give reasonable arguments about some subject. Sometimes all the scientific community gets involved and give more than reasonable arguments about a subject. But even then, there are people that completely ignore the rational discussion and simply stick to absurd positions for a lot of reasons: proud, fanatism and, sometimes, votes.

Well, when reason fails and the situation becomes so bad sometimes the only thing you can do is to laugh and try to show how absurd the situation is appealing to people's sense of humor. That's what this guys do. Actually, they are trying to show that creationism and intelligent design are just a way of spreading an absurd belief using beautiful words. When you change just the words without changing the core idea (this is fundamental) you can really see what the idea is.

The 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster' is obviously a joke reacting against the teaching of religion masked as science in some schools in the USA, but if you read through carefully, you will see that the arguments they use are exactly the same which are used by creationism and intelligent design. The 'adepts' of the church 'believe' that the universe was created (and is still ruled) by a huge omnipotent pasta god! And they give a lot of evidence in their favor! And talking about evidence, there is even a graphic showing how the global warming is related to the decreasing of pirates in the world as an example that correlation has nothing to do with cause and effect, something well-known in statistics but that most of people forget.

Well, changing subject, I found this interesting news today:
Light's Most Exotic Trick Yet: So Fast it Goes ... Backwards?

1 comment:

Osame Kinouchi said...

Alamino, este post teria interesse para minha turma de Estatistica I, que le meu blog. Vc nao gostaria de por uma versao em portugues lá?