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The Gates of Ignorance - Elf M. Sternberg
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The Gates of Ignorance

The Gates Of Ignorance
Y'know, I always thought the door to the Discovery Institute, the intellectual center for the Intelligent Design movement, would be more dramatic, more, y'know, divinely inspired. But it's not. It's just a crappy little glass door with stick-on letters that leads to a non-descript office space lost somewhere in downtown Seattle. It shares its space with a meat-market gymnasium where overpriced beautiful people sweat for the entertainment of the masses.

For the centerpiece of an intellectual movement that so far has failed to produce anything meaningful, I'd hoped for more.

I though I saw Casey Luskin go by, but I couldn't pull out my camera fast enough.

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ideaphile From: ideaphile Date: January 29th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Trying too hard!

"For the centerpiece of an intellectual movement that so far has failed to produce anything meaningful, I'd hoped for more."

See, this is like when your foot slips just as you're throwing a punch. The way the sentence is composed it fails to generate either irony or pathos.

Either this:

For the centerpiece of an intellectual movement that says it's trying to explain the fundamental mystery of the universe, I'd hoped for more.

Or this:

For the centerpiece of an intellectual movement that so far has failed to produce anything meaningful, this is about what I'd expect.

I think the problem is you're basically a nice a guy. It impairs your ability to be cruelly snarky. :-)

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From: codeamazon Date: January 29th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Trying too hard!

Actually I quite liked his wording. Neither of your suggestions is interesting, while his makes you stop, think about what you just read, notice it, and smile at the subtlety.

*shrug* Maybe you were joking?

Anyhow, Elf, this is what I appreciate about you. I don't think I know anyone else who would take the time to go look at the office simply because it's there and you can, and it interests you to know such things about people you oppose.
From: angharads_house Date: January 29th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sign is just crying out for the creative juxtaposition of two letters....
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