Friday, November 11, 2005

Bird Flu

Spotted this on Brian Bilbrey's site this morning.
Since I've been ranting about ID - Idiot Desire lately I can't resist reposting it.


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.

George R Zug
Divis. Amphibians & Reptiles/mrc162
Smithsonian Institution



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