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Bill Maher Gets an Expert Opinion on Christine O'Donnell -- She's "Spectacularly Stupid" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 11th 2010 1:15AM
Bill Maher Gets an Expert Opinion on Christine O'Donnell -- She's 'Spectacularly Stupid'Bill Maher's feud with Delaware Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell has generated national headlines. On the new episode of 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO), the host added more fuel to the fire.

Christine believes in creationism -- she thinks the earth was made about six thousand years ago. As a result, O'Donnell also believes that evolution is a "myth." On Maher's previous show, 'Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher,' she posed a fairly head-scratching question to the host. If evolution is real, she asked, then "why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?" Hmm. That's a good one.

To most scientists, Christine's views are ... pretty sketchy. So Bill had Richard Dawkins on as his guest, in order to clear up Christine's question. Dawkins is an ethologist, evolutionary biologist and famed atheist. He found a worthy foe in Ms. O'Donnell, who is a hardcore Christian. Dawkins pointed out that evolution takes place over millions of years -- so you can't just watch it happening at the local zoo. He also said that humans and monkeys have already separated on the evolutionary tree, meaning that monkeys are no longer adapting into human form.

Dawkins summed up his opinion of O'Donnell's ideas by saying that her theories about creation are "spectacularly stupid." Maher laughed in agreement.

O'Donnell's "monkeys and humans'" question took place during an late 90s appearance on 'Politically Incorrect.' Maher has infamously promised to keep releasing old footage of O'Donnell -- unless she agrees to appear on his show again. Other scandalous clips of Christine involved her experiments in witchcraft and her belief that scientists are splicing human brains into mice.

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Oh forgot to add - 'and monkeys are good at being monkeys'.

Great yardstick there pal. I'm pretty sure that comment could (and rightfully should) be construed as 'intelligent design' at best and a morning dump at worst. I know he's on a talk show and not delivering a prepared lecture, but still.

October 12 2010 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the 'evolution takes place over millions of years' is sort of handwavey.

The timeline is somewhat irrelevant, unless you believe that me, my sons, and my grandsons (and so on) jumping up and down everday will give our future generations super legs.

Also the humans/monkeys comment is irrelevant. Either adapations continually occur (and monkeys are still evolving - possibly into future human-like species) or they don't (and somehow monkeys have stopped, which sort of begs the question how it starts). Where they fit in some classification system is meaningful to our understanding, but meaningless to evolution.

Also genetic changes (adaptations - my super legs) have a relatively small chance of being observed in offspring, because the child may get my wife's legs, and may cancel out some of her genetic adaptations.

I think the more correct answer is many many many offspring (to maximize the odds of any single genetic adapation making it to future generations), coupled with that particular adaptation being somewhat common (ie more than 1 single person in the tribe having it at the same time) coupled with some relatively dramatic earth event that makes the adaptation more useful, finally coupled with a lot of luck.

October 12 2010 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gee so our elected officials in government are really smart!! is that why the country is falling apart? I agree we don't need anymore dumb or crooked ones like Christine..but,I'm getting a little tired of Mahers political correctness. He used to be really funny when he took on the republicans but he's being much too nice to the dem's. I'd like to see a bit more honestly from his humor as in Bush days. The dem's are as crooked as the republicans and we get to pick up the tab for their good times. He's also become too much of a pompus ass....oh so intellectual. Did you hear his question last week?..why don't the regular folks like science and intellectuals? Well maybe it's because pompous asses like him in the media give them a bad name. Also Bill....intellectuals know theory...and real life doesn't always work as well as theory does. i.e., the utopian idea of communism. And... Oh isn't science just grand....let's see we have nuclear weapons....hundreds of thousands of all kinds of toxic chemicals that are probably killing us and I could go on and on.... and oh we need one more stupid study to tell us what we already know that's costing us millions of dollars......Soooo give me experience and good old common sense!! It's time for media to get honest about how big business and government are screwing the middle class...oh...that's right intellectuals like bill don't like the middle class because they don't know what's good for them but he does of course....Oh to be that brilliant!!!

October 11 2010 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Regardless of which side of the aisle you're on politically, there should be no place for the genuinely stupid in government. I am glad Christine O'Donnell is being ripped apart by the media. I wish they would do it more often.

October 11 2010 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oliver, do you really think that question is a "good one"? Or were you just being sarcastic.

October 11 2010 at 4:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"question took place during an late 90s appearance on 'Real Time.'"

No, it wasn't Real Time. It was on ABC's Politically Incorrect. Bill Maher was fired by ABC from Politically Incorrect after he said the 9/11 hijackers were "brave." Maher move to HBO and created Real Time in 2003.

October 11 2010 at 2:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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