December 15, 2007


Found via Pharyngula, a series of succinct "Successories" spoofs poking fun at the so-called intelligent design* movement, e.g.:

Collect the whole set at Banninated.

In addition to the obvious japes about creationists' failure to perform peer-reviewed science and their fatuous attempted connections between the coleopteraphile Charles Darwin and mass murder and genocide, a more subtle message inheres concerning a gentleman called Trofim Lysenko, chieftain of Soviet biology under Stalin.

Lysenko notoriously rejected Mendelian genetics in favor of hocus pocus and Stalin's favor, and ultimately failure and disgrace. Current biology, on the other hand, embraces a combination of Darwin's and Gregor Mendel's ideas, hence the designation, “Modern Synthesis,” which, ironically, was initially championed by a Russian-born emigrĂ© to the U.S., Theodosius Dobzhansky.

While contemporaries, Darwin and Mendel were unaware of one another's work. Dobzhansky made the justly famous observation that, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."

* "The Designer of intelligent design is, ultimately, the Christian God." — William A. Dembski, betraying his secular purpose.

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