Thursday, December 22, 2005
Intelligence beats bogus design claim
It seems that Intelligent Design is deemed unscientific. Of course the ID proponents will not be deterred:
"The Dover decision is an attempt by an activist federal judge to stop the spread of a scientific idea and even to prevent criticism of Darwinian evolution through government-imposed censorship rather than open debate, and it won't work," said John West, an associate director of the Centre for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, a conservative organisation that has taken the lead in promoting intelligent design
Unfortunately this "activist judge"( Judge John E. Jones III ) was appointed by President George W. Bush. It is hard for the Christian Right to gain any momentum when their own appointees aren't pushing their agendas. Instead science triumphs over bogus claims in the courts. The decision sets a precedent for other cases - like the one that will occur in Kansas.
But US public opinion is also extremely hostile to Darwinian theory. In a national poll two months ago, 51% of Americans said they believed that human beings were created by God. Another 30% said God guided human evolution, and only 15% thought that humans had evolved without divine intervention.
Many are speculating that Americans are merely ignorant about religion in addition to science. And unless there is a series of action-adventure movies that can assist Americans in becoming more enlightened - I do not see this changing.
( According to a survey by Dr Jon Miller of Northwestern University 1 in 5 Americans still believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth. Only 20-25% of Americans are scientifically savvy and alert. )