Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Willful Ignorance

In my post the other day about Ray, I pointed out that he admitted to not caring one iota about the facts. If it wasn't in the Bible, it doesn't exist. Such thinking is nothing more than willful ignorance.

Here's another example. UC Berkley put a sculpture of some DNA outside their science building. Parents of children at an Elementary school that can see the sculpture are complaining about it. Why?
“My daughter suggested that it was funny,” said John Copeland, whose 7-year-old daughter attends summer camp there. “She shouldn’t be talking to me about this. Now I’m forced to explain genetics to her, and why the Bible doesn’t say anything about it.”
Last I checked, the Bible didn't talk about airplanes, penicillin, computers, or numerous other things. Does Mr. Copeland intend to keep her away from these things as well?

Another commenter said:
If this piece weren’t visible to passersby and available for children to play on, I would not have a problem with it.

A sculpture of DNA is so offensive that you want it hidden from public sight? Why would they want such a thing?!
It’s vile and offensive, and kids have no business seeing what God thought fit to hide from our eyes.
I guess this guy condemns all astronomy too, on the basis that most of the universe is hidden from our view without special instrumentation, just like DNA is.

This willful ignorance is stupid and these people should not be given any sort of public platform. As Thunderf00t pointed out, these people serve only to retard our knowledge and are a detriment to society.

EDIT: As pointed out, this story looks to be a parody. Damn those parody stories that are no more ridiculous than things these people actually say!


Unknown said...

You have been Poe'd. That article appears to be satire since it was linked to this article about an actual example of public outrage over nude sculpture http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/sfl-west-delray-nude-sculpture-p072309,0,5834016.story

Still perfectly ridiculous complaints though.

Jon Voisey said...

I don't think that means it's parody. That link only implies a topic of similar interest.

Unknown said...

No, the initials P.O.E. after the author's name and the fact that the only reference to this story or the artist is that article. Also apparently the park and school don't exist.

Procrustes said...

It's a parody.

The link is the original.

It is, indeed, still perfectly ridiculous.

Point for Noadi.

And double point for Jon for your edit. Thou rockest.

Planeten Paultje said...

Ed Brayton calls this kind of thing Virulent Ignorance.

Nice satire btw, I would have fallen for it ;-).

Procrustes said...

Thanks kindly, Planeten.

Procrustes said...

Thanks kindly, Planeten.