Flying Spaghetti Monster

I do like Wikipedia, it will occasionally throw up greatness such as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. This was created to highlight some of the poor arguments used by the proponents of intelligent design. Whilst the content is rather silly, the illustration does highlight the absurdity of the arguments. As an aside, one can have an absurd argument which leads to a correct conclusion, for example - this is an absurd argument that leads to a correct conclusion. Ignoring the occasional three legged dog for the moment - All dogs have four legs, Rover has four legs therefore Rover is a dog.

If you can't see what's wrong with this consider the equivalent argument: All dogs have four legs, my cat has four legs therefore my cat is a dog.

This equivalent argument highlights the absurdity in the original argument (even though the original argument yields a correct conclusion).

The flying spaghetti monster shows the problems in the arguments used in support of 'Intelligent Design' (aka Creationism). It doesn't mean that the conclusions are false - but the arguments are. Hence they have no place in science. (Note that one cannot infer anything from the previous sentence about my particular beliefs).

One touch which I particularly liked is the correlation between pirates and global warming.

The website of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is here