Friday, November 18, 2005

Unassailable Logic

From a letter to the editor of the San Lius Obispo Tribune. Although establishing causality between poverty and an unwillingness to accept evolution appears specious at best because poverty is more likely a result of poor education, a relationship that is a very destructive positive feedback loop. That said, check it out:

Some don't need vaccine

Recent news about the avian flu virus has raised concerns from main street to the White House. There is the possibility, even likelihood, that the virus will mutate into a form that can more easily infect humans.

As the president pointed out, a vaccine cannot be made until this evolution occurs.

This raises the concern that it may be impossible to create enough vaccine fast enough to protect all our citizens. But there is hope.

Gallup polls tell us that up to 45 percent of Americans don't believe in evolution. Since random mutation is the engine of evolution, these same people must believe that the virus cannot mutate.

Therefore, there is no need to waste vaccine on folks who believe there is no possible threat to themselves -- thus leaving a sufficient supply for the rest of us. Perhaps the president, given his doubts about evolution, may wish to demonstrate his leadership by foregoing vaccination.

This approach has added benefits. Polls also tell us that disbelief in evolution is more pronounced among the less educated, the poor and conservatives. If the anti-evolutionists among these groups were to opt out of vaccination then, through immediate deaths and natural selection, we would reduce poverty, raise educational attainment and become a more progressive society.

Seems like a pretty solid argument to me. That, and the fact that it's great rip on creationist/ID dumb-dumbs who want to insist evolution is a fantasy until, of course, they start lining up for their flu shots because H5N1 mutated and ... evolved.


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