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May 5, 2007

Curious George

Time was when George Gilder seemed smart and relevant. In the 1990s he was one of the first—in books from Microcosm to Telecosm—to envision a constantly connected world. True, Gilder was way too bullish—his over-inflation of the Internet bubble helped wipe out even his own wealth—but he also made many of us far more aware of technology’s transformative power.

Boy, does that seem a long time ago. Today’s George Gilder is irrelevant and stupid, a faded co-founder of Seattle’s Discovery Institute, bastion of the anti-science intelligent designers.

Two sentences in today’s New York Times illustrate the utter nuttiness of Gilder 2007—not to mention his intellectual bankruptcy:

The notion that “the whole universe contains no intelligence,” Mr. Gilder said at Thursday’s conference, is perpetuated by “Darwinian storm troopers.”
“Both Nazism and communism were inspired by Darwinism,” he continued. “Why conservatives should toady to these storm troopers is beyond me.”

Rarely have so few words contained so much dissembling drivel.

Sad. But fun (in the rest of the article) to watch it finally dawn on at least some conservatives that their biblical BS may not be a surefire vote-winner.

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