Coulter on Evolution
Apparently, Ann Coulter has turned her (nonexistent) talents toward a consideration of the theory of evolution in her new book. Here's a little gem of her amazing reasoning power:
"As I understand the concept behind survival of the fittest, the appendix doesn't do much for the theory of evolution either. How does a survival-of-the-fittest regime evolve an organ that kills the host organism? Why hasn't evolution evolved the appendix away? (Another sign that your scientific theory is in trouble: When your argument against an opposing theory also disproves your own.)"
For the record, there are lots of explanations for why the appendix hasn't "evolved away." (For instance, scroll to the bottom of this article).
But what's really ironic here is the last sentence, since her appendix argument, which doesn't make a dent in the evidence for evolution, is a strong argument against Coulter's preferred "theory" of Intelligent Design. Because, after all, what "intelligent designer" would design "an organ that kills the host organism?" That would be, well, just dumb, wouldn't it? Perhaps Coulter is arguing for unintelligent design as a new challenge to evolution?
Jeesh. Do you think she even reads over this stuff before she sends it to her publisher?