Carnival Cruise line tried to make a bizarre connection between humans having evolved from the sea to taking a cruise with the tag line “back to the sea.” The company featured a 60-second ad during the Super Bowl promoting its cruise line that makes use of a speech given by former President John F. Kennedy to establish the connection between people and the sea.
Kennedy’s speech was delivered in 1962 at Newport, Rhode Island:
“It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
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Maybe that’s what JFK’s brother, Ted Kennedy, was trying to do when his car went off a narrow bridge into Poucha Pond and overturned in the water. Kennedy was able to escape from the vehicle, but Mary Jo Kopechne did not. Maybe he was disoriented and tried to re-enter the primordial womb of the sea. He thought he heard the sea calling to him.
Was JFK’s claim that it’s a “biological fact” that humans have “the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean”? First, this is a logical fallacy of the first order. Two things that are related in one way does not mean they are related in other ways. A better explanation for the existence of common traits in life forms is that they had a single designer who used the same creational “stuff” to make our world.
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