Penguins, redux

In my earlier post on the adoption of the March of the Penguins movie by the conservative movement, I had wondered how proponents of Intelligent Design could use the story of emperor penguins to exemplify ID when the opposite seemed true. Then I came across this:

But intelligent design advocates don’t mind misunderstandings like these at all. In fact, it is precisely this kind of confusion that I.D. proponents and other antievolution activists hope to foster, the movement’s critics say. Adopting a “Gee whiz” attitude seems to be how some laypeople digest the idea of intelligent design: Any animal that looks strange or exists in a fashion that is not readily understandable must be a manifestation of divine artistry.

Back to the exploitation of uncertainty to undermine science.

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