An Argument for Dumb Design
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
Commentator Brian McConnachie has been collecting his thoughts on the subject of intelligent design. Here they are.
BRIAN McCONNACHIE, commentator:
If intelligent design really wants equal billing, it might want to address a short list of grievances that include: head lice, ticks and mole rats, vultures and typhoons, migraines, earthquakes and tornadoes, crab apples, poison mushrooms, killer bees, fire ants, harelip and poison ivy, quicksand, hurricanes and termites, black holes in the universe, spiders that lay their eggs in the brains of other spiders, plantar warts and gangrene, vampire bats, wisdom teeth and frostbite, sinus pain, pederasty, incest and the hiccups, abstract expressionism, particle physics and AstroTurf, gnats, the Colonel's chicken, non-alcoholic beer, FEMA and hammertoes, varicose veins and pinworms, splinters--now strictly speaking, splinters should not qualify, but, I don't know, I just kinda threw it in there because life's tough enough and then you gotta worry about splinters--restless leg syndrome--Why not?--hammerhead sharks--for crazy design--floods and plagues and earwigs, poison sumac--whatever that is--Arctic cold fronts, torture and genocide, Super Bowl halftime, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis and AIDS, nightmares, cramps and vomit, Republicans, bedbugs and Democrats, and--Wouldn't you know?--no unicorns.
BLOCK: Brian McConnachie lives by design not far from New York City.
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