Thursday, April 8, 2010

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

J.B.S Haldane was a British-born geneticist and evolutionary biologist.  He is famous for the (possibly apocryphal) response he gave when some theologians asked him what could be inferred about the mind of the Creator from the works of His Creation.  He said something to the effect of: "The Creator, if He exists, has "an inordinate fondness for beetles".

This is in reference to there being over 350,000 known species of beetles in the world, and that this represents 40% of all known insect species (at the time of the quote, it was over half of all known insect species).

Stumbling across Haldane and that quote was a major inspiration for the character of Philip and certainly explains why I made him a Coleopterist.  It may be one of the most succinct and elegant arguments against Creationism that I have heard. 

An inordinate fondness for beetles.  If there were a subtitle for my film, that's what it would be.

(I lifted Haldane info from Wikipedia.)

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