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The Vatican rejects intelligent design

Wow, I can't believe the Vatican has come out so strongly against the Christian fundamentalists. I mean, I can believe it, but still... vyoma would be proud, if he were online and strolling the Earth right now, which for some reason, I suspect he must not be. Where the hell is that guy???

Anyway, from this news article:
The Vatican has issued a stout defence of Charles Darwin, voicing strong criticism of Christian fundamentalists who reject his theory of evolution and interpret the biblical account of creation literally.
A Google search on 'vatican intelligent design' also pulls up a bunch more articles about this.

Update: The eminently wise Pat Robertson just went ga-ga over the intelligent design thing, and on a comment elsewhere, a link to this great T-shirt was posted with a quote attributed to Patty: Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. I thought that 'killing their children' and 'destroying capitalism' were nice touches, there.

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vyus November 11th, 2005
aha, we should've known we could've counted on the vatican! that mighty voice of reason.

skygypsy November 11th, 2005
/serves up some extra guilt for ever doubting ;)

skygypsy November 11th, 2005
wow, i half expected that vatican article to link to the onion ;)
interesting how that didn't make the news here
huh. but apparently the pope did some hand-slapping in his weekly address "When the Pontiff finished his address, he put his papers to one side and commented on the thought of St. Basil the Great, a Doctor of the Church, who said that some, "deceived by the atheism they bear within them, imagined the universe deprived of a guide and order, at the mercy of chance."

ah yes. everyone knows athiests are devil's spawn. wal-mart should start selling exorcism kits, $5/bakers dozen

ha! awesome t-shirt!!
/pulls on dyke boots and stomps around on capitalism

just seems like your thang...

mimesis November 12th, 2005
an excerpt from an interview of George Lewis by Jeff Parker, in the print version of the magazine BOMB.

Lewis: In improvisations, I believe that people should know what to do, but I've realized that often they really don't know what to do, or rather, they know what to do as it relates to themselves. That is, they have a certain style that they impose on every situation; otherwise they're not "keeping it real," not being true to themselves. I'd like to be more protean about the whole thing, analyzing situations and then taking action based on that analysis. You listen, you try to intuit, use every technique or possibility for awareness, and after a while you can tell more or less what's inside the musicians' heads, what they want, what their goals are, what they're trying to do.

But this is just a subset of what people are doing in their normal everyday-life improvisations, if you will. Creativity is not a special gift, but a kind of birthright. You get rid of the idea that the musician is being some special priest, and move into a very prosaic space where all we're doing is trying to get along in the world as creatively as we can, given what we find in the environment and our own possibilities for creating change.

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