Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Monkey See, Monkey Do

We at the Ministry have surveilled these scientists, and we've determined that far from undermining the Theory of Intelligent Design, the linked information merely reinforces it. True, monkeys, like infant hunans, learn by imitation, but that just proves that the Intelligent Designer (whoever He is, and no, we're not implying He is God, so this is science and not religion, no, seriously! Stop Laughing, dammit!) had some leftover designs after finishing the perfect beings that are humans. Researchers at the University of Parma can make as many faces at newborn macaques as they like, but when those macaques respond in kind they're just proving the old saying "monkey see, monkey do." To imply that that this kind of imitation has a purpose as a form of social learning, is ridiculous in the extreme, as is the scientists' assertion that it "evolved" more than 25 million years before the monkey ancestors diverged from the human lineage. The Earth, after all, is only 5,000 years old, so this is poppycock on the face of it.