Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Intelligent Design

Lost from the radar screens of late is the ID debate. But, as Nature reports (subscription required if off campus), the
Kansas State Board of Education has decided by six votes to four to include stronger criticism of evolution in its high-school biology curriculum. Science advocates fear that the move paves the way for 'intelligent design' — the idea that an intelligent creator shaped living things — to reach the classroom.
Nature has previously reported on ID and the article is worth browsing.

The basic criticism amongst scientists is the lack of scientific rigor that ID "scientists" use to "demonstrate" their conclusion. As Bruce Alberts points out in the second article, just because we can't explain everything now, doesn't mean we won't be able to in five or ten years. Yes, that is one of the central justifications that ID advocates use. I have a deep interest in both Science and Theology, but would not waste my time on a course on an ID curriculum. Even theologically or philosophically, I don't find ID well argued.

But the role of ID advocates appears to be much bigger than just trying to promote a new way to do science. The Commonweal Institute discusses the issue here.


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