God, Darwin, and Cthulhu
This probably isn't good. A "researcher" for the Discovery Institute, the anti-evolution collective of pseudoscientists, apparently has it out for H. P. Lovecraft. According to Steven Newton's column on the Huffington Post yesterday, "Another Discovery Institute associate, David Klinghoffer, has tried to link Darwin to Dr. Mengele, H.P. Lovecraft, Chairman Mao, and Charles Manson" as, in Klinghoffer's words, "the fabric of Darwinism's moral legacy."
Lovely. I checked into this, and I had completely forgotten Klinghoffer's 2009 article describing why he enjoys Lovecraft--since his purposeless, amoral cosmos allows him insight into what believers in evolution really think about humanity. As PZ Myers so archly put it,
"Apparently, we aren't just unbelievers, or even merely Satan-worshippers anymore — we've moved on to worshipping inimical alien beings beyond space and time that intend to remorselessly destroy us."
Well, that's science for ya.
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