Re: HUMOR: Open Letter to Kansas School Board

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Wed Jun 22 2005 - 09:18:11 MDT


I had recently been thinking to campaign for the teaching of a different
kind of Intelligent Design theory in schools -- the "intelligent design by
an alien computer hacker" theory, according to which we're all living in a
simulation world of sorts, created by some superintelligent alien.

As has been discussed on this list, this is a more plausible theory than
those involving Gods or Flying Spaghetti Monsters, and it also doesn't
necessarily contradict evolutionary theory -- it can be true simultaneously
with evolutionary theory.

There isn't exactly *direct evidence* for it, but as opposed to the
Creationist sort of Intelligent Design, one can certainly make a plausible
scientific argument as to why it's reasonably likely to be true.

Furthermore, there genuinely are a fair number of US citizens who do believe
it's plausibly likely to be true (probably tens to hundreds of thousands --
science fiction is widely read these days).

I think it would be very funny to try to push this theory into public
schools via the court system!! But alas, I lack the time or funds to
exercise my sense of humor in this particular way...

-- Ben G

----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron McBride" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 10:31 AM
Subject: HUMOR: Open Letter to Kansas School Board

>> I am writing you with much concern after I read of your hearing to
>> decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design to be taught
>> along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is
>> important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for
>> themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned,
>> however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design..
> --
> Aaron McBride

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