Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Evolution and ID "Controversy"

There is a lot of hype now about "Intelligent Design", a supposedly scientific theory that presents an alternative to evolution.

Intelligent design is not taken seriously by real scientists because: 1) There's no evidence for it and 2) It's an obvious fraud by creationists to disguise non-scientific ideas as science.

By contrast evolution is supported by overwhelming evidence, and explains nature extremely well without invoking supernatural phenomena. Evolution is REAL, folks.

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The proponents of ID know that their theory can't stand up to evolution on scientific grounds, but they have a lot of support from conservative groups to keep pushing it. The strategy they use for getting ID accepted by the public is pretty devious.

First they make it seem like there is a legitimate scientific debate between evolution and ID, which there is not. Then they exploit the media's compulsion to give equal attention to both sides in a debate even when one side is a tiny minority of crackpots. The result is that the message of evolution is diluted, and the message of intelligent design is falsely magnified and legitimized.

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Once the ID advocates get their bogus theory on that "equal" ground, all they have to do is nudge people a little more towards ID. They do that by casting aspersions on evolution and playing up the feel-good bits of intelligent design.

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I think we need to wise up and not accept the gold-painted BS of intelligent design. Our views of the universe, spiritual or otherwise, shouldn't have to deny an important, obvious part of reality like evolution. It would be much better for us to adapt our spiritual beliefs to encompass evolution, than to accept fake science just so we don't have to change our beliefs.

4 comments:

Hipple, Rev. Paul T. said...

I'd pray for your soul, but don't feel it would rightly do much good.

James Douglass said...

Thanks, Rev. I appreciate the thought, at least.

Catapulting Aaron said...

I'm right with you, James. Nice charts.

Don't mind the Reverend, your "opinions" are bad for his business!

James Douglass said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Aaron. :)

BTW- You've got the nice start of a good windsurfing blog going there. I'm looking forward to the next chapter.