Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Awesome Satire

I'm starting to become concerned about the value of those exorbitant tuition bills I've been paying for the Nestling. Only two semesters in and he's playing with three different musical ensembles and Ultimate Frisbee. Despite the fact that he assures me he's taking some classes in his spare time, he keeps finding amazing web sites like this: The re-Discovery Institute.

Here's the beginning of their Mission Statement:
The reDiscovery Institute is non-profit, public-policy think-tank located in Tacoma, Washington, with branches in Atlanta, Georgia and Fort Worth, Texas. The reDiscovery Institute fosters integration of science education with traditional Judeo-Christian principles of free market, limited government, property, faith, and corporal punishment.
And it goes on:
Our primary focus is to extend and promote Design Theories, which have been so successful in Biology, to the fields of Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology, Atmospheric Science and Meteorology, Oceanography, Material Science, Acoustics, Condensed Matter Physics, Fluid Dynamics, Nuclear Physics, and Anthropology.
And just so there's no doubt:
The reDiscovery Institute promotes archaic religious dogma elegantly dressed in html code and modern scientific terminology, to school boards, museums, theaters, juries, and editorial pages across America. We support and maintain the Intelligent Design Hall of Fame. The reDiscovery Institute urges adherence to Phillip Johnson's Ice Pick Gambit: "Until we gain total control, keep the old testament part of our agenda quiet because it frightens normal people." The reDiscovery Institute is backed by members, a board, and an ultra-conservative, ultra-rich, California savings and loan heir who believes that the American democracy should be replaced with biblical theocracy.

By all means, go and peruse (with beverages set safely aside.) After all, Chemistry, Gravity, Astronomy and Geology -- hell, even Literature -- are "only a Theory." (In addition: "Stay tuned for next weeks revelation, "Intelligent Composing - did Bach have no byte of his own?")


At Wed Feb 20, 09:36:00 AM, Blogger mark's tails said...

It's so outrageous I really can't tell if this site is serious or one huge joke, though I'd like to favor the latter.

At Wed Feb 20, 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Ubergeek said...

I am a big fan of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. His website can be found at:

At Wed Feb 20, 10:50:00 PM, Blogger Doctor David said...

"traditional Judeo-Christian principles of free market, limited government..." Gotta love it!

At Thu Feb 21, 05:10:00 PM, Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

Mark: If the title of the post wasn't enough of a clue, check out their Hall of Fame. That should clarify it for you.

At Thu Feb 21, 08:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hehe. That was funny. Thanks for the referal.


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