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November 11, 2005

Fully scientific

So much for "intelligent design" as a scientific hypothesis rather than Christian creationism in disguise: "A US Christian evangelist has told a Pennsylvania town not to ask for God's help if disaster strikes after it voted against teaching intelligent design."

Actually, we really ought to be thanking Pat Robertson. It's hard to think of anyone else who has done more to damage the cause of fundamentalism in the West.

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I also hear that the Vatican has spoken out against intelligent design.

Posted by: 42 at Nov 13, 2005 8:41:05 AM

Check out Scott Adams' take on the subject:

http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2005/11/intelligent_des.html

Posted by: Mash at Nov 13, 2005 12:22:32 PM

Hmm interesting thoughts that Scott Adams has there... not sure I agree with him but I am biased to my biology background.

The biggest problem I have witht he whole ID vs Evolution (not versus Darwinism, Darwin had things wrong, but that's ok, its ok to get things wrong. He had a good basis of an idea) is that the ID people say "Ok lets have a debate infront of the media?" and what choice do the scientists have?

Well they can say "no your idea is silly we aren't comming" but that makes them look bad or they can show up and debate, but having 2 scientists debade 2 ID people makes it look like the ideas are equal. It gives ID people more strength just by showing up like that. To an audiance it says "ok here are two scientists with backing, equally matched by two ID people with this backing".

A realistic debate based on the level of knowledge and evidence for each side would be 2 ID people verses hundreds of Scientists.

Well thats my opinion anyways :)

Posted by: 42 at Nov 14, 2005 7:33:38 AM