Canadian Science Minister fail

As some of you may have heard, the Canadian Science Minister, Gary Goodyear, is an idiot. I mean this of course in the most literal sense. He was asked a few days ago whether or not he believed in evolution. At first, he refused to answer the question, but after being pressured by the PM’s office, he came back with “of course I believe in evolution”. Well, here’s what his interpretation of it is:

I do believe that just because you can’t see it under a microscope doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It could mean we don’t have a powerful enough microscope yet. So I’m not fussy on this business that we already know everything. … I think we need to recognize that we don’t know…

We are evolving every year, every decade. That’s a fact, whether it is to the intensity of the sun, whether it is to, as a chiropractor, walking on cement versus anything else, whether it is running shoes or high heels, of course we are evolving to our environment.

Mr. Goodyear seems to be under the impression human beings are physically adapting to their environment in some crazy Lamarckian way. It’s like thinking in cold weather, you’ll grow long and luxurious fur to stay alive and pass it on to your offspring. It’s not how evolution works at all. Also, I have no idea how he thinks we observe it, but the power of your microscope doesn’t give you a better idea of what is going on. Might as well have said “I don’t know how many beakers you need to do science, but hopefully we have enough”.

This is why I hate when conservatives get in power. They put retarded sycophants in charge of science departments who have no understanding and appreciation of science beyond the types of technology it can produce. You can also see what a liar this man is, as he obviously does not believe in evolution, but considers his position far too luxurious to leave. He’ll lie through his teeth, but that doesn’t mean I have to believe him.

Someone of his extremely limited intelligence doesn’t belong in such an important position. He needs to be fired immediately. He was asked an important question about science, and he couldn’t even get it right. In my opinion, that should be reason enough to lose it.

Comments (3)

  • avatar


    You are harsh!

    The theory of evolution does not require “belief” – it is a proven fact – the question is idiotic really; it somehow implies religion-like reverence for Darwin.

    “I brought my baby to touch the wall, so that the power of Darwin can purify her genetic makeup of undesirable inherited traits,” said Darlene Freiberg, one among a growing crowd assembled here to see the mysterious stain, which appeared…”

    I don’t hear Mr Goodyear suggesting that the changes happen over one generation, he is simply musing about possible factors (inc. technology) that might be affecting the future of our species right now.
    The theory of evolution as it is at the moment is satisfactory for me although it has gaps yet to be explained hence the creationism raises its ugly head yet again.
    With the help of history, philosophy (and science as well as religious writings which contain hints on past worlds) etc we may yet discover the full picture.
    That’s how I understand what he says, does it make me an idiot, too?

    The question of Mr Goodyear’s personal beliefs is a different matter and he should not be judged on those as long as he does his job. Does he?
    Let’s not throw stones.

    (read you daily)

  • avatar

    Jacob Fortin

    He’s not some high school teacher in Texas. He’s this country’s Science Minister, and for one of the most advanced nations on earth, it’s embarrassing. How is he equipped to properly fund science if he doesn’t understand it? I don’t think it’s harsh to want the best of the best handling this type of position.

  • avatar


    I think he does understand, give him credit.
    If you analyse his first 2 sentences you’re quoting you will find him quite elegantly sneaking in arguments usually used by the religious.
    He does not need to shove his finger into the wounds to believe.. ;)

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