07 January 2007

Cripes! Prof Andy McIntosh

How does he do it? William Crawley is the presenter of Sunday Sequence, one of the most popular shows on BBC Radio Ulster. He also has a BBC blog which I've only recently started following, but it is full of gems. Following the success of "The Creation Wars" (which exposed some True Weirdness among adherents of the selective literal interpretation of Genesis), he has followed it up with another interview with Professor Andy McIntosh of Leeds University (pictured). This is the chap (Professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory, apparently) who thinks that evolution violates the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, and a massive sky-pixie magicking the universe into existence about 6000 years ago doesn't. Hats off to William for this one - it's a neat interview, and poor old Andy does his darnedest to avoid answering straight questions.

Sadly, the good people of Leeds, and the students at their historic university are being seriously short-changed if senior science appointees seriously believe this sort of trash. How post-modern is that?! Ironically, Leeds has on its homepage (at the time of writing) a prominent link to an article about using evolution to develop new drugs. Obviously they feel it works... Perhaps Andy would like to explain to them where they are going wrong.


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