Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Michelangelo, Adam, and Cheetah

Should I be offended by this History Channel graphic?


Blogger Brian said...

I say yes.

August 03, 2005 1:37 PM  
Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

Should you? I can't say, it doesn't offend me much, but I also believe in evolution as a sicentific fact. I believe in Intellegnent Design as well, but ID is not science, its religion. It should be discussed in History, philosophy, etymology, not sicence class.

other leading conservatives today aggree:


As a lover of Art? Well, if your a purist, yes. But then again, if Michelangelo were alive today would he believe in evolution? Probably. Just look behind God in the sistine Chaple painting - whats the cloak shaped like? A brain - the notion that God created man with intellect and told him to use it was radical for the time.



August 03, 2005 3:21 PM  
Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

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August 03, 2005 3:23 PM  
Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

My last link didn't work, here it is again


August 03, 2005 3:23 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

"Other leading conservatives today agree." Sounds like an appeal to authority, appeal to majority or some other logical fallacy. I defer to Martin Andrade on this front.

Look at how well the talking points are established. I said nothing about the schools generally, or science class specifically. Yet I got the old saw about allowing discussion in history, philosophy or religion class (to the extent they exist in public school curriculum), but not science class. OK, but this is an ad from the HISTORY CHANNEL. Who said anything about textbooks or science class?

This reminds me of a discussion I once had when I was on the board of the Riverside Plaza Tenants Association. A fellow board member who was a graduate student told us that we couldn't have a Christmas party because it was "illegal."

Seems that there is a little mission creep when it comes to keeping religion out of the schools. Sometimes it becomes keeping religion out of society.

August 03, 2005 6:06 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

Am I known as a logical fallacy guy? I mean, I didn't invent the stuff...

August 03, 2005 9:49 PM  
Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

I wasn't appealing to authority to establish my point as to say "See, if Jonah Goldberg believes it, it must be true", but rather to point out that evolution doesn't have to be exclusive from conservative beliefs.

I agree, you said nothing about science vs. religion in the classroom and I just jumped to it immediately. Yet, what were you possibly offended by, if not that topic? It obviously wasn't the art. Maybe it was the corny slogan.

"Seems that there is a little mission creep when it comes to keeping religion out of the schools. Sometimes it becomes keeping religion out of society."
Sounds like slippery slope or a logical fallacy of that ilk. I defer to Martin Andrade on this front. ;-).

I should be thinking about British lit and Roman History, not logical fallicies. Arrrgh!


August 03, 2005 10:08 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

There are plenty of ways to promote a television show or to express a point of view that do not involve Christian iconography. This History Channel graphic can be viewed similar to the "Darwin" bumper stickers containing a Christian fish altered to have feet.

If the full painting has a brain-shaped cloak, then show us the whole painting.

August 03, 2005 11:13 PM  

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