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October 27, 2013

Textbooks at Houston charter schools use existence of Loch Ness Monster to disprove evolutionary theory

Textbooks at Houston charter schools use existence of Loch Ness Monster to disprove evolutionary theory | The Raw Story
However, ResponsiveEd was founded by Donald R. Howard, former owner of Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), which made headlines last year when one of its textbooks claimed that evolutionary theory can’t be accurate because the Loch Ness Monster is real: Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie,’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur. Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all.

October 23, 2013

Orson Scott Card’s sexist, victim-blaming “Ender’s Game” sequel

I love it when Berlatsky pulls out his flensing knives and opens one of Card's books. Orson Scott Card’s sexist, victim-blaming “Ender’s Game” sequel - Salon.com
Ender is not only the destroyer of the buggers; he’s also their salvation. At the end of “Ender’s Game,” he discovers the lone surviving bugger hive queen pupa, and determines to find her a new planet where the buggers can be reborn. He also writes a history of her and her people titled “The Hive Queen,” which he signs “The Speaker for the Dead.” The book becomes the center of a widespread religion; it’s the reason that humans see the death of the buggers as a tragedy. In the 3000 years between “Ender’s Game” and “Speaker for the Dead,” Ender goes from planet to planet seeking a bugger homeworld and as a Speaker for the Dead delivering eulogies for those who request it, in the same way he eulogized the buggers. So to sum up, Ender is, (a) the greatest military leader in human history, (b) the greatest religious leader and prophet of his time, and, (c) the hope for the rebirth of the buggers. But! That’s not all! He also has been chosen as sole human interlocutor by a spontaneously generated super-sentient AI named Jane, who communicates with him through an interface in his ear. Thus, Ender carries about with him a literal deus ex machina. Ender is, then, a massive, honking, preposterously exaggerated, Mary Sue. Indeed, the wish fulfillment on Card’s part couldn’t be much more obvious. For Ender is not just the destroyer and the savior; he is the destroyer and savior as writer. Ender’s greatest ability is his amazing capacity for empathy, for understanding others. In “Ender’s Game” he used this power (and it does function almost like a superpower) to destroy the buggers. In “Speaker for the Dead” he uses it to tell stories — the stories of the bugger queen, the dead people for whom he speaks as an itinerant eulogist, and eventually the piggies. He is the sensitive conduit through which the alien is met, interpreted and comprehended. And to emphasize this point, through most of the book he’s the sole human contact for not one, but two alien intelligences — the Hive Queen and Jane. It’s hardly a surprise that it’s Ender who breaks through and really understands the piggies after generations of local anthropologists fail to do so. . . .