Coach the beauty pageant contestants in critical thinking, please

Everybody else has to know it, or suffer without it.

Can you tell which of these is the parody?

Is it this one?

Or is it this one?

Stephen Law reports the science geek won the competition — maybe that will be enough to spur other beauty pageant contestants to get hip to reality?

Susana Speier explained what’s going on at Scientific American’s online site:

Last week, self proclaimed “geek,” Miss California, Alyssa Campanella made beauty pageant history…by default. When the interviewer posed a Theory of Evolution question, she was one of only two delegates to use the scientific definition of the word “theory” in her response.

The honey-drenched, colloquial definition that the majority of her competitors clung to was, yes, diplomatic. Miss California, now Miss USA, however, did not aim to please or to appease the 60% of Americans that a 2009 Gallup Poll concluded do not believe in Evolution. Rather than aiming to please or appease an ignorant majority, The future Miss USA delivered a response that supported an empirical evidence based definition of specified phenomena: the scientific definition of the word, “theory.”

Brains is beauty, it seems to me.  We should certainly run our schools as if intelligence and learning are great virtues in themselves.



8 Responses to Coach the beauty pageant contestants in critical thinking, please

  1. jd2718 says:

    Hardly a science geek, though I’m glad she actually knew what she was talking about.

    I think I was more bothered by the “yes, it should, everything should” answers. Instead of censoring (bad) they breech the separation of church and state. Worrisome.



  2. Ellie says:

    Although, I’m not sure it will ever really catch on.

    Alchemy! Teach the controversy! Gold is just a Philospher’s Stone away. OK, I stole that from a T-shirt.


  3. Pangolin says:

    Ed_ I’m pretty sure there isn’t a blood test for “delusional.” It doesn’t go away because you take away their Xanax and Vicodin.


  4. Ed Darrell says:

    I figure, if we just drug tested all the intelligent design advocates, we could probably cut drug use in half . . .


  5. Pangolin says:

    To quote:

    “Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him._

    If you’re going to teach one whacky idea why not teach them all.

    The concept of objective reality is being deliberately degraded in the U.S.. Frankly, reality is losing ground to those who would rather a fantasy world.


  6. Flakey says:

    PYFGC is the alternative to QWERTY, if you using a Dvorak keyboard.



  7. Ed Darrell says:

    In physics, there is a move afoot to teach Intelligent Grappling as an alternative to the theory of gravity.

    What’s the alternative to QWERTY in typing?


  8. I think history should be taught in schools. But only as a theory. And all alternatives should be taught. As long as it doesn’t interfere with anyone’s beliefs.


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