Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Simpsons Tackle Creationism

It's been a long while since I've seen much of the Simpsons. The series continues to lack the soul and wit of the earlier seasons, but it's good to see their heart is in the right place:

In what I imagine was a lame attempt at a Marge joke, she wonders, "what evolution will make next? Maybe a bird with a people's face?" I couldn't help but think of Japan's Heikegani or samurai crab.

This species likely evolved its peculiar body shape following many generations of unintentional artificial selection.

EDIT: Oh fiddlesticks. It seems the truth about the samurai crab may be much more coincidental. Interestingly, I picked up this example from the very same Carl Sagan program!


fulleju said...

I just recently began TiVoing Simpsons Episodes, feeling a little nostalgic, and was a little surprised to find that I thought the newer episodes (season 17?) are actually funny, in a Family Guy sort of way.

SuiginChou said...

That was enjoyable yet I fear that a) it alienates what has become the Simpsons' target audience over the last 10 years and b) said audience is likely to mistake the mockery of Evolution by the Springfieldians (which we're meant to see is a mockery of Creationists) for the writers' intent to lampoon Evolution instead. In the words of Lisa Simpson, "Ohhhhhgh..... :("

fulleju said...

oh ye of little faith