Monday, March 05, 2007

Conservapedia: Fun for All the Family...

Yes, folks, it's official: the Conservative/Christian/Creationist "equivalent" to the popular cyber-encyclopaedia Wikipedia is out and it's called (drum roll!)... Conservapedia.

So far, all indications are that the main object of this new fountain of wisdom is to conserve stupidity. Lemmesee, a new encyclopaedia that aims to provide an alternative to the "liberal bias" in Wikipedia and calls itself Conservapedia: if ever there was a declaration of bias this must qualify as one of the most blatant cases.

Conservapedia has also chosen to shamelessly mimic Wikipedia in everything from layout (identical to Wiki's) to structure, except for content which in many cases will be a sort of "anti-Wikipedia".

Currently Conservapedia is still in its infancy and entries remain few and far between. But they've got one for
Kangaroo. So, according to Stupidopedia, the origins of Kangaroos are as follows:
According to the origins model used by creation scientists, modern kangaroos, like all modern animals, originated in the Middle East[1] and are the descendants of the two founding members of the modern kangaroo baramin that were taken aboard Noah's Ark prior to the Great Flood. It has not yet been determined by baraminologists whether kangaroos form a holobaramin with the wallaby, tree-kangaroo, wallaroo, pademelon and quokka, or if all these species are in fact apobaraminic or polybaraminic.

Also according to creation science, after the Flood, kangaroos bred from the Ark passengers migrated to Australia. There is debate whether this migration happened over land[2] -- as Australia was still for a time connected to the Middle East before the supercontinent of Pangea broke apart[3] -- or if they rafted on mats of vegetation torn up by the receding flood waters[2].

If you're not amused enough, do check out the entry's references...

But Conservapedia, like Wikipedia, is supposed to be a source of wisdom for the people and by the people and so, in that spirit, fellow blogger
Bacon Eating Atheist Jew tried to edit the entry with a plausible Young Earth Creationist style amendment:
Kangaroos could have floated on the back of crocodiles from the Middle East to Australia. Since there was plenty of fresh dead people and animals in the water, and crocodiles live in the water, they were full, and had plenty of leftover food. So they didn't have to eat living animals, and even thought ahead (probably God inspired), to bring living animals with them to Australia so that crocodiles in the future would have something to eat. [my italics]

It seems that for the time being, Stupidopedia's doors are somewhat closed to the general public as our intrepid editor's efforts were in vain. No doubt hordes of pranksters will try and post entries and amendments but I wouldn't recommend it. Firstly, let the Conservapedists make fools of themselves on their own accord: they really don't need our help. Secondly, they'll only try and do the same to Wikipedia, resulting in the "pedia-wars" (am I coining a phrase or am I coining a phrase?)

And after all, aren't those people entitled to their opinions? Of course, 100%, no less. But something in all this does trouble me: no doubt some in the rising tide of
conservative home-schoolers will use Conservapedia as an on-line source of "didactical material", to ensure their kids grow up thoroughly stupid and ignorant but uncontaminated by "liberal bias". It might not hail the coming of a New Dark Age just yet but it doesn't bode too well...

I'll be digging up some entries myself shortly. I tried "primates" but no such luck. I guess primates are still a bit too hot a potato to handle for the thoroughly Conservative/Christian mind...

5 Comments:

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Cookie..... said...

Gert...putting our differences somewhat aside for a moment...let me make a serious query of you...

I spent some time reading quite a few of your previous posts (and you are an excellent writer), and was struck by an overall sense of negativity in many of your writings and posted materials. Gert...are you so full of dislike or malcontent that you don't laugh at things every now and again...or find the humor of life...just for a laugh or two....

I'm not trying to be sarcastic or contentious here...I'm serious...

Do you really dislike America (or Americans) so much...and if so...why?

 
At 3:01 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Cookie:

Welcome!

My (rather dry) sense of humour is renowned among those who know me, but this isn't a humour blog and I am a thorough culture pessimist.

As regards the US, I actually love it (been over twice too) and believe the US-Europe alliance is one of the oldest, most natural and most important alliances. I do criticise parts of US foreign policy and some aspects of US culture but I believe that both the US and Europe sometimes simply misunderstand each other because of cultural differences.

Incidentally, you'll find scrutiny of many countries on this blog, I don't spare anyone the rod if I feel they deserve it...

Thanks for the compliment on my writing; it's really far, far too much praise...

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Cookie..... said...

Well...I did in fact notice that you don't...as you say...."spare anyone the rod"...which is a spirit I admire BTW...shows independent, fair and balanced thinking...

I am in fact very glad to hear that you don't dislike America, or Americans in general...and yes...our foreign policy is flawed in several places...something I also would like to see altered...

I also noticed, as you stated, the "thoroughly cultural pessimistic" aspect of your writing. I have been following your blog almost from the time we met...under those most unfortunate circumstances...again I apologize for that...

I find your views interesting, and obviously well informed. I try to stay up on world events but I generally do not delve into things as deeply as yourself....

If you ever do come over again...please let me know...I'd like to meet you....Cookie

 
At 5:36 PM, Blogger Gert said...

"If you ever do come over again...please let me know...I'd like to meet [...]"

Cookie, it's a deal but on two conditions:

• No pirates
• You cook me your finest gumbo: I had it in Texas in a fairly low-grade fast food outlet and loved it. Must be delish if home-cooked.

Tonite we're having home-cooked Scottish mussels and French fries (cooked by moi). But first I'm off to the pub for a couple of jars...

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger Cookie..... said...

LOL....OK mate....No Pirates....and yur on fer the Gumbo.

A good friend if mine is "cajun" and he gave me his recipe', which I usually make in the Fall fer all my friends....

Many...MANY years back I was in Holy Loch, Scotland, and was known to close a Pub or two....and I took a like'n to some Scottish foods...like the "Lamb Pie's"...at least that's what I believe they were called (memory ain't as good as it used to be)....

Make sure ya stop by The Cookshack frum time to time and leave a comment or two....I promise...NO Pirates...LOL...

Take Care....Cookie...

 

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