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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

It's Been Done

The Onion recently reported:

KANSAS CITY, KS—As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held "theory of gravity" is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.

"Things fall not because they are acted upon by some gravitational force, but because a higher intelligence, 'God' if you will, is pushing them down," said Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.

Burdett added: "Gravity—which is taught to our children as a law—is founded on great gaps in understanding. The laws predict the mutual force between all bodies of mass, but they cannot explain that force. Isaac Newton himself said, 'I suspect that my theories may all depend upon a force for which philosophers have searched all of nature in vain.' Of course, he is alluding to a higher power."

The Intelligent Falling theory is not original. According to science fiction's Holy Book, Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon, the movement of stars (explained by Orthodox science as due to gravity), is actually due to the free will of intelligent stars.

1 Comments:

Blogger Akaky said...

And then, of course, you have the Douglas Adams theory of flight, wherein all one has to do in order to fly like a bird is to hurl oneself at the ground and miss.

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