Thursday, August 04, 2005
On the foolishness that is the debate over teaching intelligent design in schools, what a bunch of crap. If our intent is to provide our children with the best education possible, if our intention is to give them a wide array of facts, and if our intention is to be intellectually honest, then intelligent design must be taught in school. That does not mean that it has to be taught from an explicitly Judeo-Christian POV, only that the concept of intelligent design, which can be presented in a manner which is religiously neutral, should be taught if for no other reason than because there are many, many respectable scientists who believe it to be a viable theory. The fact of the matter is, despite the numerous gaping holes in the evolutionary world view (lack of transitional forms, circular reasoning in the fossil record, and inconsistencies in radio-carbon dating just for starters), evolution is taught exclusively in schools because the intelligensia find the concept of intelligent design, with all that it implies, repulsive. I do not fear evolutionary theory, I welcome open debate about the origins of life and the universe, opponents of teaching intelligent design in public school do not share this feeling. That alone should tell you something.